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The Legendary Sannin ("Three Ninja") are a trio of extremely powerful ninja of Konoha. They were students of the Third Hokage in their youth and eventually developed into powerful, feared ninja. Two of them, Jiraiya and Tsunade, play mostly {{mentor|s}} roles, while the third, Orochimaru, is the main antagonist of the first series. All three are in their fifties during the main series, but only Jiraiya looks his age.

''Here be spoilers. Any thing that has not been aired on the free version[[note]]one week after the paid version[[/note]] of [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Naruto_Shippuden Crunchyroll]] should be spoiler-tagged.''

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[[folder:In General]]

!!All the Sannin provide example of:
* {{Badass}}: All very powerful ninjas
* FacialMarkings: They all have facial markings. Orochimaru has them weird eye outline delays, Jiraiya has two red tear track type thingys and Tsunade has the jewel on her forehead, which extends to a full face marking when she's using her Creation Rebirth technique.
* OldMaster: At the start of the series they are 50 years old and very very powerful.
* PowerTrio: Back in the day.
* PublicDomainCharacter: They are based on three main characters from the classic Japanese story ''Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari'' (''The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya''). Lampshaded when an episode in the anime about Jiraiya has the exact same name as this book.
* SummonMagic: They each can summon an animal, Jiraiya summons Toads, Tsunade summons Slugs and Orochimaru summons Snakes.
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[[folder:Jiraiya]]
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->''"You're wrong; that's not what makes a shinobi. You never did get it. A real ninja is one who endures no matter what gets thrown at him… Let me explain something to you: there is only one thing that matters if you're a shinobi, and it isn't the number of jutsu you possess. All you do need is the guts to never give up!"''

->Voiced by: HochuOtsuka (JP), David Lodge (EN), Jesús Rodriguez (Spain), Paco Mauri (Latin America)

The legendary Toad Mountain Sage, Jiraiya is a randy loner who spends much of his time WalkingTheEarth. His first appearance in the series was during the Chunin exam arc, when he knocked out Naruto's trainer when the latter caught him peeking on a women's shower. Naruto (who had no clue as to the old man's true identity and power, and called him "pervy sage") subsequently badgered him into continuing his training personally.

Jiraiya is basically indolent and shuns responsibility, despite his great skill as a ninja. The village elders initially offered him the position of Hokage after the Third's death, but he turned it down because he knew he'd screw it up and then he suggested Tsunade as an a better option. He makes most of his money from writing the pornographic novels that are a runaway hit in the ''Naruto'' universe (the same ones Kakashi is never seen without), and would much rather spend his time drinking, gambling, and wenching than doing anything serious. Nevertheless, Jiraiya is a fierce warrior and never backs down when he's really needed, helping to beat back Orochimaru's attack on Konoha in the Chunin Exam arc and always keeping his eyes and ears open regarding the whereabouts of Konoha's enemies, particularly Orochimaru and the Akatsuki.

Prior to the series, Jiraiya spent some time in the home of the great toads, who trained him and prophesied that he would eventually meet and train TheChosenOne. (Jiraiya initially believed this person to be [[spoiler:Pain]], but later came to believe that it was Naruto. (Eventually it was revealed that ''both'' were the "Chosen One".) Jiraiya returned to the village after this and operated as part of Konoha's active military for a time along with the other two Sannin. (During this period, he also trained several genin, one of whom would eventually become the Fourth Hokage.) When Orochimaru defected, Jiraiya tried to convince him to return to the village, [[MyGreatestFailure but his failure to do so]] [[OldShame shamed]] him so much that he left the village and [[WalkingTheEarth wandered alone for many years]].

Jiraiya and Orochimaru's relationship is deliberately designed to mirror Naruto and Sasuke's. Sasuke, like Orochimaru, is naturally gifted and believes only in his own personal power, while Naruto, like Jiraiya, had to work his way up and believes in [[ThePowerofFriendship comradeship]]. Jiraiya gave up on Orochimaru, but Naruto is determined not to do the same for Sasuke.

Jiraiya teaches Naruto the [[SummonMagic Summoning Jutsu]] and the Rasengan (which he himself learned from his former student the Fourth Hokage) over the course of the series. He also attempted to find a way to allow Naruto to control his Nine-Tailed Fox transformations, but failed in this and settled for merely suppressing them instead. Many of Jiraiya's techniques are toad-themed as a result of his time in their community; he can summon them to assist him in battle, and can draw on their power to go into a [[[[SuperMode more powerful]] "[[EnlightenmentSuperpowers Sage Mode]]". He also has several [[PlayingWithFire Fire-Style]] and [[DishingOutDirt Earth-Style]] techniques, and is implied to know many more, although he does precious little fighting in the series. His presence and power is what keeps Akatsuki away from Naruto for a time; Itachi believes that Jiraiya could beat any two Akatsuki members single-handedly. In ''Shippuden'', it's revealed that Jiraiya is Naruto's godfather, explaining his interest in the boy's safety and development.

At the end of the first series, Jiraiya takes Naruto on a three-year long journey to train in preparation for his future battles with the Akatsuki; this journey forms the TimeSkip that separates the two series.

In ''Shippuden'', Jiraiya returns Naruto into Kakashi's keeping, then returns to gathering intelligence on Orochimaru and Akatsuki. Following a tip, he tracks the Akatsuki's leader Pain to the Hidden Rain Village, and engages him in battle. Jiraiya realizes that Pain is a former student of his, although greatly changed, and sends one of his toads with that information back to the village. He uses up all of his tricks, even going Sage Mode, but Pain kills him by crushing his throat with one blow. His final thoughts are of Naruto.
->His hobby was sneaking a peek into a Women's Bathing House.
->Favorite phrase: "Free and uninhibited"

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* AchillesInHisTent: Because he's always out of the village traveling.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: Doesn't do much in Shippuden until he goes to investigate Pain's whereabouts, a mission [[spoiler:from which he never returns]].
* AffectionateNickname: Naruto calls him Pervy Sage.
* {{Badass}}: He's on par with the four other Kages in power, and would've become a Hokage if he wanted to.
** He actually defeated the first 3 bodies of Pain soundly, only got taken out by other 3 bodies whom he had no idea of their existence. Pain even doubted his own possibility of winning if Jiraiya had known about the 6 bodies in the beginning
** BadassBeard: [[SuperMode Sage Mode]]
** BadassBookworm: He ''Is'' an author after all.
** BadassGrandpa: He's over fifty, but he can still kick some serious ass.
** BadassBoast: Per the usual for Jiraiya to proclaim his legendary stature to an opponent. See LargeHam below.
* BigGood: For Part 1, he was one of the most powerful shinobi in the series and directly safeguarded Naruto from Akatsuki.
* BloodMagic: Most of his strongest abilities (Sealing, Kuchiyose, Sage mode) are activated this way.
* BrilliantButLazy: He's a smart guy, but he prefers to spend his time messing around chasing girls instead.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Lazy, perverted, self proclaimed voyeur and all around slacker... who is also one of the strongest Shinobi in the Elemental lands, to the point that [[spoiler:even Pain had to take him seriously]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: While nowhere near as strong as Tsunade, he could still level buildings and slaughter dozens of Ninjas in Taijutsu alone.
* CasanovaWannabe: He's a sucker for women, even though his work is romantic enough to catch [[LovableSexManiac Kakashi]]'s attention
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: An unlucky one-sided example with Tsunade.
* ChivalrousPervert: He always protects the ladies, who he has a thing for.
* CoolOldGuy: Definitely, when he's not acting pervy.
* DeathSeeker: He isn't particularly interested in dying on its own, but believes that a FailureKnight like himself will only be remembered if he has a spectacular death like the ninjas of old.
* {{Determinator}}: Believes that the most important thing for a ninja to have is the willingness never to give up.
* DecemberDecemberRomance: What it was shaping with Tsunade after the Time Skip [[spoiler:before Pain made him [[IncrediblyLamePun croak]]]].
* DishingOutDirt: Swamp of the Underworld
* EccentricMentor: To Naruto and [[spoiler:Nagato]]. [[spoiler:He forced the latter to wear frog suits.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: He has one in the person of Orochimaru, and it's probably the reason why the latter didn't kill him.
* FacialMarkings: born with 'em.
* FailureKnight: The deaths of Minato and Hiruzen took a huge toll on him. So did failing to bring back Orochimaru and finding out that Yahiko died and Nagato and Konan turned evil.
* {{Flanderization}}: Fanfics usually have him constantly hitting on Tsunade.
* FrogsAndToads: His signature style.
* GenerationXerox: Initially displaying outward interest in Naruto for the latter matching his perversion and determination, he was eventually shown to be Naruto's godfather, who did truly care for his welfare and making him his inheritor of his philosophy of the "Will of Fire."
* GoOutWithASmile: Right before he dies, Jiraiya recalls that Naruto was named after the character in his book, and decides that he had succeeded in something after all.
* GeometricMagic: Probably one of the greatest seal masters in the series.
* HeroicSacrifice: He knew that Pain could overpower him, but still fought him to gather information to help the village instead of running away and escaping. His defeat ended up costing him his life.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: [[spoiler: Near-pathological - even in his last moments he believes that his life was a complete waste and that he was a loser. His only goal in life was to have an awesome death. He managed it.]]
* HeroicWillpower: When fighting [[spoiler: Pain he manages to get up - after being impaled ''multiple times'' AND his heart apparently stopping - long enough to scribble out a message on Fukasaku for the rest of the village]].
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Look at him. He attracts more attention that Naruto could ever dream of.
* HoneyTrap: Villains attempt this on him once or twice throughout the series. [[LoveableSexManiac Surprisingly]], it doesn't actually work either time.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: A filler arc delves into the reason why Jiraiya has always been reluctant to go out with Tsunade. He doesn't want to, out of fear of hurting her by dying before her.
* ItsNotPornItsArt: He claims his peeping on women in the bath is actually research for his books.
* KilledOffForReal: He's killed by Pain.
* LargeHam: One among various examples:
-->"When you've reached the stature I have... THE LADIES KNEEL AND WORSHIP... AT YOUR [[AwesomenessIsAForce AWESOMENESS]]!!"
* LikeASonToMe: Thinks of Naruto like a grandson.
* LovableSexManiac: He's called "Pervy Sage" for a reason.
--> [[BlatantLies I'm not a Pervert.]] [[AvertedTrope I'm a SUPER PERVERT/BIG ONE]]!
* TheMcCoy: To Orochimaru's TheSpock
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Infiltrating the Land of Rain, [[spoiler: led to his death.]]
* MundaneUtility: How he use the Rasengan.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not having been able to stop Orochimaru from defecting, nor to save his pupil (the 4th Hokage) or his master (The 3rd Hokage).
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He acts as dumb as [[IdiotHero Naruto]], but is the best Information broker in the Elemental Lands.
* TheObiWan: This to Naruto, [[spoiler: even dying at his protege's future big enemy, who was once his student.]]
* OldMaster: He's 50 and still one of the strongest people in the series.
* OneManArmy: He managed to fight off several of Pain's Paths, consecutively and concurrently, where those same Paths were only taken out by lots of teamwork from Konoha.
* ParentalAbandonment: Being Naruto's godfather and, you know, ''alive'', Jiraiya really had no excuse for not raising the boy.
** Other than putting a target on the boy's back and Jiraiya's job of tracking both Akatsuki and Orochimaru, that is?
* ParentalSubstitute: He is Naruto's godfather who also acted as his sensei and father figure during the time skip.
* ThePeepingTom: Jiraiya spies on girls in hot springs all the time. He calls it "research." Somewhat justified in that he's a popular author of trashy romance novels.
* PrehensileHair: Used as a weapon.
* PlayingWithFire: Can use fire jutsu, and often combines them with toad oil jutsu to make them the single strongest Fire Elemental attack in the series.
* RapunzelHair: Long white hair. And hard enough to perforate reinforced Chakra steel as if it were wet paper.
* RenownedSelectiveMentor: Fits this trope to a T. He only had two groups of students before Naruto, and in both cases one of them was an insanely gifted shinobi who became a legend. He chose to train Naruto become he reminded him of the Fourth Hokage, his previous student [[spoiler: and Naruto's father.]]
* RetiredBadass: Subverted. He seems to be just goofing off and ignoring his responsibilities to go on an endless vacation, but he's actually been keeping tabs on the Leaf's enemies.
* StaticCharacter: According to [[spoiler: Orochimaru, who claims Jiraiya died without changing anything about himself. At least he managed to reconcile his failure complex (in his last moments...)]]
* SummonMagic: Toads.
* SuperMode: Sage Mode [[spoiler:which he himself never fully mastered after 30 years.]]
* TakeUpMySword: His last action before dying was to leave Naruto a code for how to battle Pain.
* TeamDad: To Naruto, despite refusing to become Hokage.
* TookALevelInBadass: In his backstory he was the "loser" of the Sannin and was incapable of defeating his friend Orochimaru. At the end he's one of history's most powerful ninja.
* TragicHero: Always failed to save the ones he loved.
* TricksterMentor: To Naruto
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: His Sage Mode turns him into a bestial version of himself.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: He dedicated his life to travelling the world and meeting people along with keeping an eye on Orichimaru and Akatsuki for Konoha.
* TheWorfEffect: Averted. He's hyped up to be very strong, but we actually never see him win a fight, and even in his {{Backstory}}, we're only told about his ''failures'' (couldn't defeat Hanzou, was defeated by Orochimaru when he left the Leaf) rather than his victories. He's unable to prevent Itachi and Kisame from escaping, and is [[WorfHadTheFlu poisoned]] during the Sannin's fight. It's his fight [[spoiler: with Pain (or more importantly, Pain's [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown fight]] with '''All of Konoha's forces, the Toad Tribe, Kyuubi and Naruto''') ]] that established his MemeticBadass reputation.
** [[spoiler: That, and having Itachi and Kisame tuck their tails between their legs and run for it when he showed up to fight.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: See above. But Orochimaru couldn't use his own arms...however Jiraiya's handicap was even greater due to most of his techniques requiring refined chakra control and that he could ''[[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy barely throw a kunai straight]]''.
* WorldsStrongestMan: For a time he held this title. He was flat out said to be the only one strong enough to defeat Orochimaru during his invasion by Ebisu. Itachi AND Kisame both considered a too great of a threat for ''both'' of them (this is huge since despite Itachi's allegiance, he would ''kill'' Konoha shinobi to keep his cover), with Kisame even saying he was on an entirely other level. Not only that, he defeated Naruto's Four-Tailed Version 2 form ''within base'', holding back so he wouldn't hurt his student (thus why he got such an injury), note Orochimaru couldn't do ''anything'' to Naruto in that form and at the end ''frantically pushed him away'' rather than keep fighting despite his bravado. And then his student [[spoiler: Nagato considered him strong enough to be able to ''defeat'' him if Jiraiya had prior knowledge. And then we learn that Sage Mode is essentially the only thing that can possibly damage the Ten-Tails and its Jinchuuriki. That's just how strong Jiraiya is.]]
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Minato tells him this when Jiraiya considers writing his book, and by extension much of his life, to be a waste of his time.
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[[folder:Tsunade]]
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->''"I am the Fifth Hokage… You've trampled on our ancestors' treasure… their dream… And you will pay the price! As the Hokage, I will put a stop to you here and now!"''


->Voiced by: MasakoKatsuki (JP), Creator/HaruhiTerada (child, JP), Creator/DebiMaeWest (EN), Ana Jiménez (Spain)

Tsunade is a veteran HardDrinkingPartyGirl and gambler, although her lack of luck at the latter, which earned her the nickname "The Legendary Sucker", is almost as famous as her [[LadyOfWar fighting skill]] and [[TheMedic miraculous healing abilities]]. Tsunade, whose grandfather was the First Hokage (therefore, the elders refer to her as "Tsunade-hime" aka "Princess Tsunade"), became jaded and disillusioned regarding the village when both her younger brother Nawaki and her fiancé Dan were killed during the wars which criss-crossed the ''Naruto'' world prior to the series. She turned her back on the village and sought her own amusements, with her fiancee's niece Shizune and her pet pig Tonton as her only companions.

She first appears in the Search for Tsunade arc, when Jiraiya and Naruto are seeking her to offer her the position of the Fifth Hokage. She initially refuses, and bets Naruto her treasured necklace that he won't be able to master the Rasengan in three days. Orochimaru also seeks her out during this time, wanting her to heal the crippling injuries he sustained during his fight with the Third Hokage, and offering to revive her brother and fiancee in exchange. After seeing Naruto successfully perform the Rasengan for the first time, a three-way battle ensues in which Jiraiya and Tsunade team up to defeat Orochimaru. Tsunade then returns to Konoha and accepts the position of the Fifth Hokage.

Tsunade has SuperStrength and the ability to concentrate chakra in her limbs, further increasing the power of her strikes. She is widely considered the greatest medical ninja in the world, and can [[CombatMedic hit vital points with precision or completely heal herself in midfight]]. She also uses a transformation jutsu to keep her appearance eternally young, although that's more for the sake of her vanity than any strategic purpose.

In ''Shippuden'', Tsunade mostly plays a support role, assigning missions and providing exposition. She's also come under attack from various militaristic factions in Konoha itself. She is confronted by Pain's Deva Path, but he decides to run away... but not before nuking Konoha. After the Shinra Tensei, she uses a great deal of chakra to save those that she can and heal people, but this has the side effect of wearing off her genjutsu and putting her into a coma, causing the position of Sixth Hokage to go to Danzo (pending approval by the village jonins), however she has since woken up from said coma and began complaining about the decision to send Naruto and Killer Bee into hiding instead of rushing recklessly into an attack on Madara without knowing anything about his true abilities.
->Her hobby is gambling.
->Favorite phrase: "One grab, a thousand gold" referring to getting rich without much effort.

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%% * AMotherToHerMen
%% * ActionGirl
* ACupAngst: During her teenage years.
* AffectionateNickname: Naruto calls her Grandma Tsunade. Doubles as HilariousInHindsight, as we now know [[spoiler:that they are both related through the Senju clan. She is Naruto's cousin of some variety.]]
* AfraidOfBlood: Initially. Naruto helps her get over it. It was because her boyfriend was killed, and she couldn't heal him.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: When they were young, she [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown caught Jiraiya peeping]]. She then proceeded to [[DisproportionateRetribution break six of his ribs, both of his arms, and puncture one of his lungs]].
* {{Badass}}: Most need powerful high level jutsu to do enough damage to invoke the ChunkySalsaRule, ''Tsunade just needs to punch''.
** BadassBookworm: She's the physically strongest of the Sannin and no slouch in the brains department either (though not as smart as Orochimaru).
** BadassPacifist: Tsunade definitely has the power and combat skills to be Hokage but it is in her philosophy as a [[TheMedic medical ninja]] that she not enter combat unless absolutely necessary lest someone tries to ShootTheMedic First. There's one exception to her rule: the medic can enter battle at will if she or he has mastered her HealingFactor technique (something only she and Sakura have succeeded at, so far).
* BareFistedMonk: Her punches are enough to [[OneHitKill kill anything.]] [[spoiler: That isn't an Edo Tensei, but even '''Madara''' was worried about being hit by that.]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted, as she takes a good amount of damage during her fights and has the battle damage to show it.
* BerserkButton: She does not appreciate being called old.
* BigDamnHeroes: Arrives with the other kages and proceeds to kick [[spoiler: 'Madara''.]]
* TheBigGal: ...Kind of. She's a mixture of the third and the fifth, but she fits this role effectively well with her fighting style. She only has to [[OneHitKill hit you once to kill]] and she's nearly immortal.
* BoobsOfSteel: By far the bustiest woman in series (106 cm!), she's one of the strongest characters when it comes to fighting (she basically can one-hit-kill most of the fighters, provided she comes [[CloseRangeCombatant close enough]]).
* BrilliantButLazy: She'd rather laze about, but is forced to take action to maintain the village's safety. Must be why she's perpetually angry all the time.
* BrokenBird: Lost the love of her life and her brother to battle.
* BuxomIsBetter: She's regarded as the most beautiful Kunoichi. [[SarcasmMode Who knows why?]]
** Subverted in some of the BonusMaterial when, after being asked how she remains so young and beautiful by Sakura, Naruto butts in and calls her breasts "ridiculous", says she's "too big" and that he doesn't find her as attractive as Sakura. However, this is mainly Naruto being his usual [[IdiotHero dumbass]] self (picking on Tsunade and hitting on Sakura, both of which he does regularly). Cue Naruto getting K.O.ed by both women.
* BoringButPractical: Tsunade's SuperStrength and medical ninjutsu give her the most raw physical power and regenerative ability in the series, but, conversely, significantly less flash than the techniques of other high-ranking ninja.
%% * CantHoldHerLiquor
* CartwrightCurse: She sure seems to have bad luck with the men she likes....
* CastFromLifespan: Her Mitotic Regeneration technique uses the chakra stored in her forehead to heal all her wounds, but it shortens her life.
* CombatMedic: Her specialty.
%% * CombatStilettos
* ConvenientComa: Goes into one after the Pain invasion arc and is out of it within weeks.
* CurbStompBattle: She literally defeats Naruto using only one finger.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Fiery blonde.
* CynicismCatalyst: Not her little brother, but her fiancée. Dan's death makes into a cynic for whom "''Only fools want to be Hokages''".
* DeadlyDoctor: Uses less combative medical techniques than Kabuto but is fully capable of causing harm with her medical abilites.
%% * DeadpanSnarker
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Jiraiya for Tsunade.
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Tsunade has SuperStrength, even by the standards of the already inhumanly strong ninja of the series. She's also a DeadlyDoctor and [[HealingFactor nearly unkillable]] in combat.
* FailureKnight: Couldn't save Dan, despite her skills and best efforts.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Bets she can beat Naruto with one finger [[SuperStrength and she does.]]
* GagBoobs: They're huge. Kabuto has a brief moment of wondering if an attack to her chest didn't connect properly because her boobs got in the way.
* TheGamblingAddict: Her quirk. It's apparently her grandfather Hashirama's fault.
* GenerationXerox: She did train Sakura to become a HotBlooded CombatMedic after all.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Tsunade is able to regenerate any wound she receives after releasing her [[CastFromLifespan Yin Seal]] causing her reputation as ageless and immortal in battle.
* [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe Half The Woman She Used To Be]]: Courtesy of Madara. She's gotten better with a bit of help from Orochimaru and Katsuyu.
* HealingFactor: When the seal on her forehead is released.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler:Even after Jiraiya was unable to win her affections before his death.]]
* TheHeroine: [[spoiler:Seems to be all but stated with the five Kages' battle with Madara. She shares this role with Onoki.]]
* HeroicFatigue: So much that she works herself into a comatose state.
* HeroicResolve: She so desperately wants to save the people of the Leaf Village after the attack that she ends up overexerting herself into a coma.
* HeroicSecondWind: Tsunade's Yin Seal on her forehead functions as one of these, it has a constant storage of chakra built up in it which she can release to fuel her HealingFactor. This earned her reputation as immortal in battle.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: She was delivering a ShutUpHannibal and tons of asskicking to the revived Madara Uchiha, (who was continuously berating her for [[NeverASelfMadeWoman never getting near the level of her grandfather Hashirama]]) until he got annoyed enough to drive a [[HardLight Susanoo Blade]] through her. And [[GoodThingYouCanHeal she still survived it]], snapped the blade in half and [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks threw it at him]].
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Woman]]: Thanks to her seal, she will always get back up.
* InterfaceScrew: Her Important Body Points Disturbance inflicts this on opponents, using chakra to scramble the electrical signals the brain uses to control the limbs.
* IronicEcho: When Jiraiya seeks her out and tries to get her to take the Hokage position, she badmouths it, calling it a "fool's goal". Later in her fight against Orochimaru, he says the same thing much to Tsunade's horror. This is one of the main factors that gets her to take the position.
* {{Irony}}: She has a massive losing streak when she gambles, but when she does win, it means something bad is about to happen.
%% * TheKirk
* LadyDrunk: Previous to accepting the position of Hokage.
* LustObject: For Jiraiya.
* MamaBear: She becomes this for the village after she becomes the Fifth Hokage.
* MasterPoisoner: Jiraiya touts her as the only person in the world who can spike a ninja's drink without their knowledge.
* MsFanservice: Serves this for this series.
* NeverMessWithGranny: She may be over fifty years old, but don't underestimate her. Orochimaru learned this the hard way.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: In Chapter 601 after [[spoiler: Madara gets bored fighting the Kages and buggers off, it's revealed that Tsunade has been bisected by a giant ass tree branch.]]
* ObaSan: Naruto calls her Granny.
* TheObiWan: To Sakura, and to a degree Shizune.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Both played straight and [[InvertedTrope inverted]]. She uses a spell to create the illusion of looking like she's in her 20's or 30's. It falls apart when she runs low on chakra, which reveals that she actually looks much ''older'' than she is (like she was in her 70's or 80's--probably because of her use of Creation Rebirth which shortens her lifespan whenever she uses it). She is actually in her 50s.
* PenPushingPresident: One of the least pleasant aspects of her job as Hokage. The morning Sasuke disappears, she is actually caught sleeping on her parchments.
* ProfessionalGambler: She actually has very bad luck.
* PromotionToParent: Took care (if one can really say that) of Shizune, her fiance's orphaned niece, after his death. Although it would be more accurate to say it's ''Shizune'' who tried her best to take care of the broken, alcoholic and compulsively gambling Tsunade...
* PowerTattoo: The Yin Seal on her forehead which gives a large boost of chakra when released.
** MarkedChange: When released.
* PyrrhicVictory: The only times she ever wins at gambling is before something terrible happens. Therefore, whenever she actually wins she's too busy waiting for the other shoe to drop to enjoy the victory.
* RunningGag: Destroying her desk in a fit of rage.
* SexyMentor: To Shizune and Sakura.
* TheSmartGuy: Though it's not commonly exploited like Shikamaru or his father, she does have a great deal of intelligence, as might be expected from the world's foremost medical expert.
* SuperStrength: In addition to possessing generic SuperStrength, she can further increase the power of her punches thanks to impossibly precise chakra control. She's even stronger than [[BadAss A the Raikage]] and can shatter ''[[spoiler: Madara's]]'' [[InstantArmor Susano'o]] with a single punch (if after activating her SuperMode).
* TeamMom: To Konoha after she becomes the Fifth Hokage.
* TragicKeepsake: Her pendant.
* {{Tsundere}}: A grown up version.
* VainSorceress: Subverted. She's very vain, but is also benevolent.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Tsunade's schtick in combat is to hit things. '''Hard'''. [[SuperStrength It works]].
* WorfEffect: The vast majority of her existence. When she gets into a physical confrontation, she proves that while [[ActionGirl she is quite powerful]], her opponents (Most notably Orochimaru and [[spoiler: Madara]]) are invariably superior to her in nearly every way, so any contribution she makes in this area is actually totally superfluous.
* WorldOfCardBoardSpeech: Delivered one to Orochimaru before kicking his ass.
* [[WorldsStrongestMan World's Strongest]], [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Most Beautiful Woman]]: Shikamaru's father refers to her as "the strongest and most beautiful of all kunoichi."
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[[folder:Orochimaru]]
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->''"When there is a true desire in the heart and that desire is strong… That is when he finds real strength that even he did not know he had!"''

->Voiced by: {{Kujira}} (JP), Creator/SteveBlum (EN), David Robles (Spain), José Luis Reza (Latin America)

The series' first BigBad, Orochimaru wants to be the most powerful shinobi who ever lived, and figures he can accomplish this by mastering every jutsu ever devised. However, a single human lifespan is far too short to learn every jutsu, so he also needs immortality as part of the bargain. To that end, Orochimaru has experimented with various scientific and magical methods of extending his own lifespan, but until he finds a perfect method, he opts to go with the riskier and less reliable GrandTheftMe method of immortality, switching his body for a younger one every few years. His desire to gain the body of an Uchiha (whose unique Sharingan would allow him to master jutsu much more quickly) is the driving force behind most of the events of the first series.

Orochimaru was initially trained by the Third Hokage along with Jiraiya and Tsunade, and was the most naturally talented of the three. The Third initially hoped that Orochimaru would become his successor, but as Orochimaru's selfishness and lust for power grew and made him go off the deep end, that forced him to select one of Jiraiya's students instead. While in the village, Orochimaru experimented extensively on its inhabitants, including his own students, hoping to develop new routes to power. He applied for the position of Fourth Hokage, hoping it would give him more leeway in this department, and when he was turned down, decided the village had offered him all it could and defected.....shortly after being exposed as a SerialKiller who had been abducting innocents, and pro ninja, for lethal experiments. His closest friend Jiraiya chased him down and tried to reason with him, but Orochimaru laughed in his face.

From there, Orochimaru joined the criminal organization Akatsuki and tried to steal the body of Itachi Uchiha, and when that failed, conquered the Land of Rice Fields to give him a base of operations for his activities and a ready supply of test subjects, changing its name to the Land of Sound in the process. Then, during the actual series, Orochimaru destroyed Sasuke's confidence during the Chuunin exams and tried to bait him into betraying the village with promises of new and unlimited power, tricked the Sand Village into attacking Konaha, and killed his old mentor the Third Hokage, desecrating the graves of the First and Second and sacrificing his own proteges to do so. He treats his followers like pawns and is unconcerned when they die.

Orochimaru's original intention was to take Sasuke's body by the end of the first series, but Konoha's interference during the Sasuke Retrieval arc forced him to switch with some random prisoner instead. Since he has to wait three years before he can switch again, he decides to train Sasuke during the TimeSkip instead.

In ''Shippuden'', Orochimaru's most recent body has all but given out on him, but he's still tough enough to tangle with Naruto's [[FourIsDeath Four-tailed]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Fox form]] during the second arc. Later, Sasuke attacks him while he's bedridden. Orochimaru reveals his true form (a snake made out of a bunch of smaller snakes) and tries to take Sasuke's body by force, but is defeated offscreen. The fact that fragments of his body have been integrated into the bodies of both his right-hand man Kabuto as well as Sasuke himself means we probably haven't seen the last of him, however. The portion of his body absorbed by Sasuke shows up in the fight with Itachi, where Sasuke, exhausted, lacks the chakra needed to suppress him. Orochimaru doesn't contribute much to the fight and is promptly flattened by Susanoo, the third technique of the Mangekyo Sharingan, trapping him in an endless dream state that cannot be undone or escaped from while also absorbing in his body, effectively killing him. Or at least killing the portion of him that leaped out of Sasuke and tried to attack Itachi. Using Anko's Cursed Seal of Heaven and a chunk of Sage Mode Kabuto's flesh, Sasuke resurrects Orochimaru, who strips Kabuto of his OneWingedAngel and agrees to help Sasuke despite openly admitting he still intends to take over his body.
->His hobby is creating techniques.
->Favorite words: "destroy" and "chaos"

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* AGodIAm: Kabuto strongly implies the reason Orochimaru wanted an Uchiha body was to succeed the [[PhysicalGod Sage of the Six Paths]] by attaining the Rinnegan, further supported by his experimentation with Senju cells and attempting to attain Sage Mode... [[spoiler: which according to the Sage of Six Paths himself [[ShootTheShaggyDog wouldn't have worked anyways]].]] In ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStormRevolution'', which explains how he [[spoiler:joined the Akatsuki, he tried to steal Pain's Rinnegan on sight, gleefully exclaiming "Rinnegan! You're mine!"]]
* AnimalisticAbomination: His true form is a bizarre snake-demon after decades' worth of experimenting on himself.
* AnimalEyes: Just one of his snake features.
* AnimalMotifs: Snakes. [[BodyOfBodies Lots and lots of snakes]].
* ArchEnemy: Orochimaru seems to make it his ''life's work'' to earn the hatred of a significant portion of the cast, from Anko Mitarashi and Hiruzen Sarutobi, to Jiraiya and Tsunade, and is probably this to the Leaf as a whole given his goal is to wipe it from the face of the Earth and that he topped its Most Wanted List. Naruto probably feels this way about him too, since even though Oro hasn't done that much to him ''personally'', he doesn't forgive him for murdering the 3rd or corrupting Sasuke.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: Even before he went all crazy, he was apparently very snake-like.
* AxCrazy: Not as blatant as Hidan or Deidara, but he definitely is abnormal.
* BackFromTheDead: With a little help from Sasuke and Juugo. Was anyone surprised?
* {{Badass}}: Orochimaru is many things: creepy, twisted, and with serious pedophiliac undertones, but there is no denying that he is a {{Badass}}. The man fought (a drugged) Jiraiya and (a freaked out) Tsunade ''without his arms'', and it ended in a ''stalemate''. Later, he '''went mano-a-mano with a Four-Tailed Naruto''' while maintaining his ForTheLulz attitude throughout the whole fight. The man gets mad props for that.
** BadassBookworm: He is a [[MadScientist mad]] [[ForScience scientist]], after all, as well as a legendary soldier, assassin and spy and war hero.
** HandicappedBadass: At one point he lost both his arms to the Reaper Death Seal and still managed to put up a fight against Jiraiya and Tsunade.
* BadBoss: Pitted the Sound Trio against Sasuke so he could test the latter's power and potential, knowing that Sasuke might cripple or even kill them; sacrificed two of them (and an unknown third) to summon the former Hokages as his enslaved zombie warriors; shrugs off the death of his most fanatical, devoted and powerful follower; teaches his underlings to not give a shit about each other (to the point of potentially killing each other for tactical advantages) gave the Curse Seal to Anko when she was his student, which very nearly killed her; implied to perform all kinds of horrid experiments on his own men, though most of his victims seem to be prisoners.
* BigBad: Of Part 1.
* BigBadEnsemble: He's one of the main villains in the series, especially the main villain in Part 1, [[BigBadWannabe though he's lost ground to Akatsuki in Part 2]]. [[spoiler: Now that he's joined Sasuke's side and Sasuke has temporarily rejoined Konoha's side, he's technically undergone a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* BlowYouAway: One of the two elemental ninjutsu he's used in the series was wind style.
* BodySurf: [[spoiler: He has this turned against him by Sasuke in Part 2.]]
* BreathWeapon: Notably unique use of this trope involving launching snakes, swords and even himself from his throat.
* BrokenAce: To the Leaf, once a respected member of the Sannin, now a world class criminal who runs everyone's lives for his experiments. [[spoiler: He has been redeeming himself as of late.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: The 3rd did this, which remained for the majority of Part 1. He got his powers back [[spoiler: only to be sealed away twice. He later fixed this by cutting open the death god's stomach, which restored his arms.]]
* CameBackStrong: His new body [[spoiler:after being revived yet again is mostly composed of Hashirama's cells, being a Zetsu clone. One benefit is that his Edo Tensei is powerful enough to restrain even the Second Hokage at full strength.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: His new watchword. [[spoiler: After some humbling losses at the hands of Itachi and Sasuke, he admits that while in the past he wanted to "be the wind that made the windmill move", he finds it more interesting to see where Sasuke's path takes him. When Tsunade observes a change in his attitude, he reasons that everyone changes, and that if they don't they die, presenting Jiraiya as an example of this.]]
* TheChessmaster: In comparison to Tobi's GambitRoulette, he sets out long laid plans that involve using others to ultimately get what he wants. However, it often results in some huge hitches due to unexpected actions.
* ContemplateOurNavels: He sometimes slips into this when he describes why he's seeking immortality.
* CoolSword: The [[PublicDomainArtifact Kusanagi]] which is said to be able to [[AbsurdlySharpBlade pierce nearly anything]] as well as extend and float and attack independent of Orochimaru with a special jutsu. Interestingly it is a straight sword in the anime like it was supposed to be in the legend but is a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] in the manga because EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana.
* TheCorrupter: He excels at this, most of his pupils are [[AxCrazy insane and twisted]] due to his influence. He only partially succeeded with Sasuke (enough to make him leave the Leaf, but not sufficiently to make him his pawn).
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler: His Curse Seals turn out to be {{Soul Jar}}s, ''all'' of them. Not only can he use them to ressurect himself (though he needs outside help for this), they even double as SinisterSurveillance and he can see and hear everything all of the victims do all the time (presumably, only when he is OnlyMostlyDead and not, as now, when he is alive and kicking though) allowing him to remain up-to-date with the plot. On a broader sense, Tobi implies several times, to his chagrin, that Orochimaru knew more than he let on, and Kabuto confirms it. Sasuke even brought him BackFromTheDead explicitly to help him get to the heart of the KudzuPlot, albeit it seems he needs Orochimaru and one other person to do that.]]
* CreepyChild: Young Orochimaru [[UsedToBeASweetKid wasn't evil yet]], but he was rather [[UncannyValley disturbing]] to look at.
* DealWithTheDevil: Offers one to Tsunade and Sasuke; Tsunade turns him down, while Sasuke managed to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu scam him]], albeit with some difficulty. Other deals probably didn't turn out so well for anyone but him.
* DemotedToExtra: Was once the main villain of the entire series, then the time skip happened and suddenly Akatsuki took over everything. Post time skip, he was prominent for one relatively short arc (and one filler arc in the anime) and then gets defeated by Sasuke and doesn't appear again for ages. Worse is the fact that in the grand scheme of things his biggest contribution to the plot was just getting Sasuke to defect from Konoha. His actions have almost no role in the overarching myth arc of the series.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: Not even getting his arms sealed, BodySurf jutsu reversed on him or being sealed for all eternity can keep him down.]]
* DevourTheDragon: He was planning on doing this to Sasuke, but it got turned around on him.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Part 1 ended on a note that he would still be the BigBad of Part 2, or at least a villain driving much of the storyline. Nope; he gets dealt with pretty quickly, and while he does return, he's not nearly as big of a threat as he was in his prime.
* DishingOutDirt: Can disappear through walls and trees, an ability of earth users in ''Naruto''.
* TheDreaded: In Part 1, and still in Part 2 if to a lesser extent.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: ''Twice'', in an incredibly awkward manner both times. The first time, shortly into [[TimeSkip Shippuden]], Sasuke attacks him, deciding he's not useful anymore. Orochimaru tries to use his ''GrandTheftMe no Jutsu'' on Sasuke, only for Sasuke to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turn it back on him]]. [[spoiler:Much later, during Sasuke's fight with Itachi, Sasuke runs out of chakra, which frees Orochimaru... only for Itachi to seal him in a permanent, inescapable genjutsu before he can do anything.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Ever since he was a child.
* EnemyMine: He agrees to help [[spoiler:Sasuke Uchiha find the answers he is looking for only because he is too weak to attempt his GrandTheftMe Jutsu.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: To Jiraiya. This is also probably the reason why he didn't kill Jiraiya when the latter tried to prevent him leaving the Leaf.
* EvilGenius: To Akatsuki alongside Sasori and Tobi and to the Sound Village.
* EvilMentor: To Sasuke, and implicitly to nearly all of his named underlings. But mostly to Kabuto.
* EvilOverlord: Ruled the Land of Sound with an iron fist, [[spoiler:until Sasuke kills him.]]
* EvilSoundsRaspy: His Japanese voice is rather hoarse.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Tries to find the meaning of existence by constantly experimenting on himself and his subjects so he can discover even more jutsu techniques.
* {{Expy}}: Bears more than a few similarities to [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]].
* FaceStealer: Stole the face of a Grass genin before the second task of the chunin exam.
* FacialMarkings: Born with unnaturally pale skin and purple marks around his eyes.
* FallenHero: Despite his claims to the contrary, his flashbacks establish that while he was always creepy, Orochimaru was, once upon a time, a genuine hero, or at least an {{Antihero}}. Watching everyone around him die caused him to become obsessed with obtaining immortality, first for the entire village, and [[MotiveDecay eventually just for himself]]. Orochimaru would rather bite out his own tongue than admit this of course.
* ForScience: His primary motivation was to create completely new jutsus. Too bad he thought that in order to achieve it, he needed to experiment on human beings and to live forever.
* ForTheEvulz: So, why did he kill the Third Hokage and try to wipe Konoha off the map? Basically because he was butthurt that he didn't get picked for Fourth Hokage fifteen years previous.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Orochimaru reveals to his former sensei, the Third Hokage, that he has been using a technique called ''Living Corpse Reincarnation'' to transfer his soul into a different body once every three years. As expected, the Third Hokage is horrified by this revelation when Orochimaru shows him the true face of his host's body which comes off as completely unfamiliar to him.
* FourIsDeath: Sasuke was going to be the fourth body Orochimaru claimed before Sasuke thwarted Orochimaru and killed him, and before that, was going to be the fourth body Orochimaru had, including his original, before the Sound Four took too long and Orochimaru had to transfer prematurely.
* FromASingleCell: Orochimaru came back at least twice from [[spoiler:his curse mark]] thanks to his chakra stocked there. It's also heavily implied that the snakes that make his true form can also have this use.
* GenerationXerox: He has passed on his villainy and high amounts of creepy very well, if his proteges [[SmugSnake Kabuto]], [[AxCrazy Sasuke]] and any self-respecting Sound shinobi are any indication.
* GrandTheftMe: When his current body begins to rot, he does this to an unwitting victim, it gets used against him by Sasuke, who used his powers until he was removed by Itachi. [[spoiler:After he's revived, and releases the Hokages from the Death God's belly, he takes the body of a Zetsu.]]
* GreenThumb: After possessing [[spoiler: a White Zetsu clone.]]
* HazyFeelTurn: He has aligned himself with [[spoiler:Sasuke during the Fourth Shinobi World War. Sasuke has decided to aid the United Shinobi front, and Orochimaru has thus far gone along with him. How long this will actually last is unknown.]]
* HealingFactor: Can regenerate most damage by ''[[{{Squick}} vomiting a new body out of his mouth.]]'' Sasuke was able to do this as well after absorbing him, but lost the ability after Itachi extracted Orochimaru from him.
* HellishPupils: Golden eyes with slitted snake-like pupils to be exact.
* HeroKiller: Peaked with his assassination of the Third Hokage.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: A flashback of a conversation he had with Sasuke implies that he is this; Sasuke tells Orochimaru that he knows [[ForTheEvulz the reason he gave]] for trying to destroy the Leaf Village was a lie, and asks why he ''really'' did it. The story cuts back to the present before we see Orochimaru's answer, so his true agenda is still unknown.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Frequently. He betrayed Akatsuki by trying to take Itachi's body, only for the latter to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp him]] and Akatsuki to put him on their death list. He drew out his fight with Sarutobi to torment him, which gave Sarutobi time to fall back on his suicide justu and cost Oro his arms. And he corrupted Sasuke only to be betrayed and [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]] by ''him'' when the time came to steal ''his'' body. He tried to get Sasuke's body years earlier too and if Kabuto hadn't convinced him to choose someone else (as Sasuke was taking too much time to arrive), he may have even died.
* HumanoidAbomination: The sheer amount of shit he did to himself eventually made him into one of these, able to turn his legs into a snake tail, shed his body to grow a new one, stretch his limbs and tongue, and throw up snakes. His [[ScaledUp real appearance]] is something to be seen.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Sasuke was [[spoiler: dying]], and Karin said a chakra she didn't recognize was next to him, Orochimaru said they better hurry because "some creep who slithered out from under some rock somewhere is doing who knows what to Sasuke-kun"...perfectly describing himself, and his weird fixation on Sasuke throughout the entirety of the series.
* ImmortalitySeeker: It initially was to wait till his parents reincarnated, but eventually it devolved into becoming the perfect being.
* ImplacableMan: It takes a legendary technique to finally seal him away.
** [[spoiler: And it is revealed that even THAT didn't kill him. He will not die!]]
* IronicHell[=/=]LaserGuidedKarma: He wanted to live forever and now he will, it's just that [[LotusEaterMachine he's also stuck in an eternal illusion]]. [[spoiler:Now free, though.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Orochimaru may well be the most selfish character of the whole story. Outside of the Uchiha clan.
* ItAmusedMe: Gives a quote for this to the Third Hokage before they begin to fight.
* JokerImmunity: The guy just won't stay dead or sealed, even if he can be PutOnABus for quite long periods.
* KillingIntent: His is so strong that it can induce visions of their gruesome death into weaker opponents (Sakura and Sasuke in part 1), or paralyse even experienced one (Kakashi).
* KnightOfCerebus: While Zabuza was intimidating, Orochimaru brings the first present [[KilledOffForReal death]] of a main protagonist, helps send TheLancer into serious SanitySlippage and was playing for keeps.
* LeanAndMean: Not as buff as the rest of the Akatsuki.
* LooksLikeCesare: A reason why people were wary of him before his FaceHeelTurn.
* MadScientist: Tries to discover ninjustu and immortality through experimentation on his subjects and victims.
* ManipulativeBastard: He plays on literally everyone's emotions. Tricked the entire Sand village into a war with Konoha by murdering and impersonating their leader.
** MoreThanMindControl: How he gets most of his followers.
* MasterOfDisguise: A very gruesome example, since he tears off the faces of his victims to wear over his body. In fact, his usual face '''is actually a mask worn over his host''', only worn out of ShapeShifterGuiltTrip as well as maintaining his identity.
* MegaManning: He wants to get this ability and this is why he wants so badly the sharingan.
* {{Necromancer}}: One of three, the other two being [[spoiler: Kabuto and the Second Hokage.]] They all used the same technique too: Impure World Resurrection.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: In regards to ''anyone''.
* {{Orochi}}: Turns into one when Sasuke is weakened enough to unseal him, only to be sealed again by Itachi. Currently provides the page picture.
* OverlyLongTongue: Weaponized of course.
* PoisonousPerson: [[spoiler: His true form has poisonous blood which will vaporize and become airborn.]]
* PostMortemComeback: A particularly bad execution, since he just randomly rematarialized during the fight between the Uchiha brothers, after getting sealed within Sasuke. Itachi finsihed the job by sealing him a second time. This comeback also sets up his eventual resurrection by Sasuke using Anko's Cursed Seal.
* PragmaticVillainy: If a more selfish version. Clearly recognizes certain potential, and won't kill those who are outright useful to him or his goals, even if frustrated and in a YouHaveFailedMe mood.
* {{Retcon}}: Orochimaru was presumably the one in charge when Tsunade's brother Nawaki died. He was there to meet her when she arrived. In the first part of Naruto, he's shown giving a callous response that Tsunade throws back at him later: All living things that have form must perish eventually. Later, [[spoiler:during his death scene]], it is one of several events shown in a montage and instead he's obviously clearly upset as he hands Tsunade the pendant. Obviously, the latter is more sympathetic as it's part of a sequence showing how twisted he became over time instead of the original portrayal of always being a twisted monster.
** Which actually [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense in series]] as well: having become a monster, it's likely that both he and Tsunade have gone out the way to forget that he ever did her any favours.
* ScaledUp: His true form.
* SealedEvilInACan: His final fate. Note that the can is not even ''material''. [[spoiler:[[HesBack Then Sasuke opens the can...]]]]
* SerialKiller: Before his formal defection, he had been abducting an unknown number of victims and performing gruesome, typically fatal experiments on them- this included [=ANBU=], Jounin, Chuunin, innocent civilians, ''teenage children'' (including ''his own pupil''), and ''sixty newborn babies'' of whom only one- Yamato- ultimately survived.
* ShoutOut: [[SoulEater Medusa]] is based on him.
* SinisterSurveillance: [[spoiler: His Curse Seals let him spy on everyone who has one, letting his see and hear whatever they do. Seems to only serve this function when he is "dead", though.]]
* SixthRangerTraitor: ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateninjaStormRevolution'' reveals he joined the Akatsuki [[spoiler:to steal Pain's Rinnegan]], and left it after failing to body-snatch Itachi to acquire his Sharingan.
* SmugSnake: [[{{Pun}} Naturally]]. Though, he remains a high-functioning type, straddling the line between this and MagnificentBastard. Its arguably the smugness itself that is what gets in his way.
** Though, that said, [[spoiler: Tobi]] is seriously worried that he knew more than he let on. [[spoiler: The fact he actually used Sasuke in the first place also shows he's far more cunning than he appears, as subsequent revelations suggest he knew his actual worth in terms of Oro using him to become a new Rikudou Sennin, and not just for his Sharingan eyes as he claimed. And now he is ''back''.]]
* SnakePerson: Can take this shape giving himself tremendous speed.
* TheSociopath: Should be pretty obvious by this point of the page.
* SoulJar: Orochimaru set up [[spoiler:the Cursed Seals to function as these in case anything happened to him.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: He was this to the Akatsuki which is why he was marked for death by them.
* TakeAThirdOption: In a cutscene from ''Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution'' that shows how he joined the Akatsuki, [[spoiler:Orochimaru is confronted by Pain's Deva Path and attempts to steal its Rinnegan, bypassing having to steal an Uchiha body, mature its Sharingan, and implant Hashirama's cells. It doesn't work.]]
* TheSpock: Originally in the Sannin, before becoming TheSociopath.
* TheSpymaster: He has a huge intel network that allows him to maintain control of less powerful villages or nations
* TookALevelInJerkass: in his BackStory
* TooPowerfulToLive: The only way to get rid of him was to [[SealedEvilInACan seal]] [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan him]]. And it had to be done ''twice'' to actually work. He's technically still alive. [[spoiler:And now he's at large ''again.'']]
* {{Ubermensch}}: Tries to change the world through war. [[spoiler: Tobi beat him to it.]] Abandoned the village largely because he rejected its ideals and values.
* TheUnfettered: Orochimaru is willing to do anything to attain immortality and discover the truth behind ninjutsu.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Downplayed. He was certainly nowhere near as evil as a child, and had a couple of sweet moments, but even Sarutobi admitted that even back then Oro had "eyes full of malice and ambition". He ignored this because it was a time of war and someone like that might be needed; that, and he was too proud of him to admit it.
* VillainBall: He is far too arrogant and sadistic for his own good and he has been guilty of WhyDontYouJustShootHim since as far back as the Chuunin Exam arc, which ultimately cost him his arms.
* VillainDecay: He's impressive in Part 1, but much less so in Part 2, essentially because his host body is too weak and has started to reject him.
* VillainousFriendship: With Kabuto. The two had a very twisted bond, but a bond nonetheless. [[spoiler:And when revived, while he doesn't break the genjutsu on Kabuto, probably didn't know how, all he did was to reclaim his chakra and release Sage Mode on Kabuto, while leaving the rest of him perfectly safe.]]
* WarIsGlorious: Expresses this belief in the Chuunin Exam / Konoha Invasion arcs (or rather, he expresses the belief that "peace is boring").
* WhatTheHellHero: He called out the Second Hokage for creating Edo Tensei, as well as for revealing it to the world.
* WildCard: Following his second resurrection, [[spoiler:Orochimaru pledges to support Sasuke regardless of whether he chooses to destroy or protect Konoha. Sasuke ultimately chooses the latter option, but whether Orochimaru will ''keep'' his word remains to be seen.]]
* TheWorfEffect: At the start of Part II he was quickly [[NotQuiteDead killed off]] by Sasuke to show off how strong Sasuke had gotten.
* WorfHadTheFlu: When he loses, this is usually because of this. Save for when the 3rd Hokage sealed his arms and later when Itachi sealed him entirely.
** [[spoiler: And he's still around, EVEN after all that]].
* WouldHurtAChild: Once proposed to kill three war orphans, although he viewed it as a MercyKill, since "a miserable life is all that awaits them". He has actually murdered many, many children though (ForScience), including infants and his own pupils / minions, and has made several attempts to kill others.
** He also attempts to kill an unconscious Naruto during his battle with his former teammates.
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The Legendary Sannin ("Three Ninja") are a trio of extremely powerful ninja of Konoha. They were students of the Third Hokage in their youth and eventually developed into powerful, feared ninja. Two of them, Jiraiya and Tsunade, play mostly {{mentor|s}} roles, while the third, Orochimaru, is the main antagonist of the first series. All three are in their fifties during the main series, but only Jiraiya looks his age.

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!!All the Sannin provide example of:
* {{Badass}}: All very powerful ninjas
* FacialMarkings: They all have facial markings. Orochimaru has them weird eye outline delays, Jiraiya has two red tear track type thingys and Tsunade has the jewel on her forehead, which extends to a full face marking when she's using her Creation Rebirth technique.
* OldMaster: At the start of the series they are 50 years old and very very powerful.
* PowerTrio: Back in the day.
* PublicDomainCharacter: They are based on three main characters from the classic Japanese story ''Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari'' (''The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya''). Lampshaded when an episode in the anime about Jiraiya has the exact same name as this book.
* SummonMagic: They each can summon an animal, Jiraiya summons Toads, Tsunade summons Slugs and Orochimaru summons Snakes.
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[[folder:Jiraiya]]
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->''"You're wrong; that's not what makes a shinobi. You never did get it. A real ninja is one who endures no matter what gets thrown at him… Let me explain something to you: there is only one thing that matters if you're a shinobi, and it isn't the number of jutsu you possess. All you do need is the guts to never give up!"''

->Voiced by: HochuOtsuka (JP), David Lodge (EN), Jesús Rodriguez (Spain), Paco Mauri (Latin America)

The legendary Toad Mountain Sage, Jiraiya is a randy loner who spends much of his time WalkingTheEarth. His first appearance in the series was during the Chunin exam arc, when he knocked out Naruto's trainer when the latter caught him peeking on a women's shower. Naruto (who had no clue as to the old man's true identity and power, and called him "pervy sage") subsequently badgered him into continuing his training personally.

Jiraiya is basically indolent and shuns responsibility, despite his great skill as a ninja. The village elders initially offered him the position of Hokage after the Third's death, but he turned it down because he knew he'd screw it up and then he suggested Tsunade as an a better option. He makes most of his money from writing the pornographic novels that are a runaway hit in the ''Naruto'' universe (the same ones Kakashi is never seen without), and would much rather spend his time drinking, gambling, and wenching than doing anything serious. Nevertheless, Jiraiya is a fierce warrior and never backs down when he's really needed, helping to beat back Orochimaru's attack on Konoha in the Chunin Exam arc and always keeping his eyes and ears open regarding the whereabouts of Konoha's enemies, particularly Orochimaru and the Akatsuki.

Prior to the series, Jiraiya spent some time in the home of the great toads, who trained him and prophesied that he would eventually meet and train TheChosenOne. (Jiraiya initially believed this person to be [[spoiler:Pain]], but later came to believe that it was Naruto. (Eventually it was revealed that ''both'' were the "Chosen One".) Jiraiya returned to the village after this and operated as part of Konoha's active military for a time along with the other two Sannin. (During this period, he also trained several genin, one of whom would eventually become the Fourth Hokage.) When Orochimaru defected, Jiraiya tried to convince him to return to the village, [[MyGreatestFailure but his failure to do so]] [[OldShame shamed]] him so much that he left the village and [[WalkingTheEarth wandered alone for many years]].

Jiraiya and Orochimaru's relationship is deliberately designed to mirror Naruto and Sasuke's. Sasuke, like Orochimaru, is naturally gifted and believes only in his own personal power, while Naruto, like Jiraiya, had to work his way up and believes in [[ThePowerofFriendship comradeship]]. Jiraiya gave up on Orochimaru, but Naruto is determined not to do the same for Sasuke.

Jiraiya teaches Naruto the [[SummonMagic Summoning Jutsu]] and the Rasengan (which he himself learned from his former student the Fourth Hokage) over the course of the series. He also attempted to find a way to allow Naruto to control his Nine-Tailed Fox transformations, but failed in this and settled for merely suppressing them instead. Many of Jiraiya's techniques are toad-themed as a result of his time in their community; he can summon them to assist him in battle, and can draw on their power to go into a [[[[SuperMode more powerful]] "[[EnlightenmentSuperpowers Sage Mode]]". He also has several [[PlayingWithFire Fire-Style]] and [[DishingOutDirt Earth-Style]] techniques, and is implied to know many more, although he does precious little fighting in the series. His presence and power is what keeps Akatsuki away from Naruto for a time; Itachi believes that Jiraiya could beat any two Akatsuki members single-handedly. In ''Shippuden'', it's revealed that Jiraiya is Naruto's godfather, explaining his interest in the boy's safety and development.

At the end of the first series, Jiraiya takes Naruto on a three-year long journey to train in preparation for his future battles with the Akatsuki; this journey forms the TimeSkip that separates the two series.

In ''Shippuden'', Jiraiya returns Naruto into Kakashi's keeping, then returns to gathering intelligence on Orochimaru and Akatsuki. Following a tip, he tracks the Akatsuki's leader Pain to the Hidden Rain Village, and engages him in battle. Jiraiya realizes that Pain is a former student of his, although greatly changed, and sends one of his toads with that information back to the village. He uses up all of his tricks, even going Sage Mode, but Pain kills him by crushing his throat with one blow. His final thoughts are of Naruto.
->His hobby was sneaking a peek into a Women's Bathing House.
->Favorite phrase: "Free and uninhibited"

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* AchillesInHisTent: Because he's always out of the village traveling.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: Doesn't do much in Shippuden until he goes to investigate Pain's whereabouts, a mission [[spoiler:from which he never returns]].
* AffectionateNickname: Naruto calls him Pervy Sage.
* {{Badass}}: He's on par with the four other Kages in power, and would've become a Hokage if he wanted to.
** He actually defeated the first 3 bodies of Pain soundly, only got taken out by other 3 bodies whom he had no idea of their existence. Pain even doubted his own possibility of winning if Jiraiya had known about the 6 bodies in the beginning
** BadassBeard: [[SuperMode Sage Mode]]
** BadassBookworm: He ''Is'' an author after all.
** BadassGrandpa: He's over fifty, but he can still kick some serious ass.
** BadassBoast: Per the usual for Jiraiya to proclaim his legendary stature to an opponent. See LargeHam below.
* BigGood: For Part 1, he was one of the most powerful shinobi in the series and directly safeguarded Naruto from Akatsuki.
* BloodMagic: Most of his strongest abilities (Sealing, Kuchiyose, Sage mode) are activated this way.
* BrilliantButLazy: He's a smart guy, but he prefers to spend his time messing around chasing girls instead.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Lazy, perverted, self proclaimed voyeur and all around slacker... who is also one of the strongest Shinobi in the Elemental lands, to the point that [[spoiler:even Pain had to take him seriously]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: While nowhere near as strong as Tsunade, he could still level buildings and slaughter dozens of Ninjas in Taijutsu alone.
* CasanovaWannabe: He's a sucker for women, even though his work is romantic enough to catch [[LovableSexManiac Kakashi]]'s attention
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: An unlucky one-sided example with Tsunade.
* ChivalrousPervert: He always protects the ladies, who he has a thing for.
* CoolOldGuy: Definitely, when he's not acting pervy.
* DeathSeeker: He isn't particularly interested in dying on its own, but believes that a FailureKnight like himself will only be remembered if he has a spectacular death like the ninjas of old.
* {{Determinator}}: Believes that the most important thing for a ninja to have is the willingness never to give up.
* DecemberDecemberRomance: What it was shaping with Tsunade after the Time Skip [[spoiler:before Pain made him [[IncrediblyLamePun croak]]]].
* DishingOutDirt: Swamp of the Underworld
* EccentricMentor: To Naruto and [[spoiler:Nagato]]. [[spoiler:He forced the latter to wear frog suits.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: He has one in the person of Orochimaru, and it's probably the reason why the latter didn't kill him.
* FacialMarkings: born with 'em.
* FailureKnight: The deaths of Minato and Hiruzen took a huge toll on him. So did failing to bring back Orochimaru and finding out that Yahiko died and Nagato and Konan turned evil.
* {{Flanderization}}: Fanfics usually have him constantly hitting on Tsunade.
* FrogsAndToads: His signature style.
* GenerationXerox: Initially displaying outward interest in Naruto for the latter matching his perversion and determination, he was eventually shown to be Naruto's godfather, who did truly care for his welfare and making him his inheritor of his philosophy of the "Will of Fire."
* GoOutWithASmile: Right before he dies, Jiraiya recalls that Naruto was named after the character in his book, and decides that he had succeeded in something after all.
* GeometricMagic: Probably one of the greatest seal masters in the series.
* HeroicSacrifice: He knew that Pain could overpower him, but still fought him to gather information to help the village instead of running away and escaping. His defeat ended up costing him his life.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: [[spoiler: Near-pathological - even in his last moments he believes that his life was a complete waste and that he was a loser. His only goal in life was to have an awesome death. He managed it.]]
* HeroicWillpower: When fighting [[spoiler: Pain he manages to get up - after being impaled ''multiple times'' AND his heart apparently stopping - long enough to scribble out a message on Fukasaku for the rest of the village]].
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Look at him. He attracts more attention that Naruto could ever dream of.
* HoneyTrap: Villains attempt this on him once or twice throughout the series. [[LoveableSexManiac Surprisingly]], it doesn't actually work either time.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: A filler arc delves into the reason why Jiraiya has always been reluctant to go out with Tsunade. He doesn't want to, out of fear of hurting her by dying before her.
* ItsNotPornItsArt: He claims his peeping on women in the bath is actually research for his books.
* KilledOffForReal: He's killed by Pain.
* LargeHam: One among various examples:
-->"When you've reached the stature I have... THE LADIES KNEEL AND WORSHIP... AT YOUR [[AwesomenessIsAForce AWESOMENESS]]!!"
* LikeASonToMe: Thinks of Naruto like a grandson.
* LovableSexManiac: He's called "Pervy Sage" for a reason.
--> [[BlatantLies I'm not a Pervert.]] [[AvertedTrope I'm a SUPER PERVERT/BIG ONE]]!
* TheMcCoy: To Orochimaru's TheSpock
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Infiltrating the Land of Rain, [[spoiler: led to his death.]]
* MundaneUtility: How he use the Rasengan.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not having been able to stop Orochimaru from defecting, nor to save his pupil (the 4th Hokage) or his master (The 3rd Hokage).
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He acts as dumb as [[IdiotHero Naruto]], but is the best Information broker in the Elemental Lands.
* TheObiWan: This to Naruto, [[spoiler: even dying at his protege's future big enemy, who was once his student.]]
* OldMaster: He's 50 and still one of the strongest people in the series.
* OneManArmy: He managed to fight off several of Pain's Paths, consecutively and concurrently, where those same Paths were only taken out by lots of teamwork from Konoha.
* ParentalAbandonment: Being Naruto's godfather and, you know, ''alive'', Jiraiya really had no excuse for not raising the boy.
** Other than putting a target on the boy's back and Jiraiya's job of tracking both Akatsuki and Orochimaru, that is?
* ParentalSubstitute: He is Naruto's godfather who also acted as his sensei and father figure during the time skip.
* ThePeepingTom: Jiraiya spies on girls in hot springs all the time. He calls it "research." Somewhat justified in that he's a popular author of trashy romance novels.
* PrehensileHair: Used as a weapon.
* PlayingWithFire: Can use fire jutsu, and often combines them with toad oil jutsu to make them the single strongest Fire Elemental attack in the series.
* RapunzelHair: Long white hair. And hard enough to perforate reinforced Chakra steel as if it were wet paper.
* RenownedSelectiveMentor: Fits this trope to a T. He only had two groups of students before Naruto, and in both cases one of them was an insanely gifted shinobi who became a legend. He chose to train Naruto become he reminded him of the Fourth Hokage, his previous student [[spoiler: and Naruto's father.]]
* RetiredBadass: Subverted. He seems to be just goofing off and ignoring his responsibilities to go on an endless vacation, but he's actually been keeping tabs on the Leaf's enemies.
* StaticCharacter: According to [[spoiler: Orochimaru, who claims Jiraiya died without changing anything about himself. At least he managed to reconcile his failure complex (in his last moments...)]]
* SummonMagic: Toads.
* SuperMode: Sage Mode [[spoiler:which he himself never fully mastered after 30 years.]]
* TakeUpMySword: His last action before dying was to leave Naruto a code for how to battle Pain.
* TeamDad: To Naruto, despite refusing to become Hokage.
* TookALevelInBadass: In his backstory he was the "loser" of the Sannin and was incapable of defeating his friend Orochimaru. At the end he's one of history's most powerful ninja.
* TragicHero: Always failed to save the ones he loved.
* TricksterMentor: To Naruto
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: His Sage Mode turns him into a bestial version of himself.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: He dedicated his life to travelling the world and meeting people along with keeping an eye on Orichimaru and Akatsuki for Konoha.
* TheWorfEffect: Averted. He's hyped up to be very strong, but we actually never see him win a fight, and even in his {{Backstory}}, we're only told about his ''failures'' (couldn't defeat Hanzou, was defeated by Orochimaru when he left the Leaf) rather than his victories. He's unable to prevent Itachi and Kisame from escaping, and is [[WorfHadTheFlu poisoned]] during the Sannin's fight. It's his fight [[spoiler: with Pain (or more importantly, Pain's [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown fight]] with '''All of Konoha's forces, the Toad Tribe, Kyuubi and Naruto''') ]] that established his MemeticBadass reputation.
** [[spoiler: That, and having Itachi and Kisame tuck their tails between their legs and run for it when he showed up to fight.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: See above. But Orochimaru couldn't use his own arms...however Jiraiya's handicap was even greater due to most of his techniques requiring refined chakra control and that he could ''[[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy barely throw a kunai straight]]''.
* WorldsStrongestMan: For a time he held this title. He was flat out said to be the only one strong enough to defeat Orochimaru during his invasion by Ebisu. Itachi AND Kisame both considered a too great of a threat for ''both'' of them (this is huge since despite Itachi's allegiance, he would ''kill'' Konoha shinobi to keep his cover), with Kisame even saying he was on an entirely other level. Not only that, he defeated Naruto's Four-Tailed Version 2 form ''within base'', holding back so he wouldn't hurt his student (thus why he got such an injury), note Orochimaru couldn't do ''anything'' to Naruto in that form and at the end ''frantically pushed him away'' rather than keep fighting despite his bravado. And then his student [[spoiler: Nagato considered him strong enough to be able to ''defeat'' him if Jiraiya had prior knowledge. And then we learn that Sage Mode is essentially the only thing that can possibly damage the Ten-Tails and its Jinchuuriki. That's just how strong Jiraiya is.]]
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Minato tells him this when Jiraiya considers writing his book, and by extension much of his life, to be a waste of his time.
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[[folder:Tsunade]]
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->''"I am the Fifth Hokage… You've trampled on our ancestors' treasure… their dream… And you will pay the price! As the Hokage, I will put a stop to you here and now!"''


->Voiced by: MasakoKatsuki (JP), Creator/HaruhiTerada (child, JP), Creator/DebiMaeWest (EN), Ana Jiménez (Spain)

Tsunade is a veteran HardDrinkingPartyGirl and gambler, although her lack of luck at the latter, which earned her the nickname "The Legendary Sucker", is almost as famous as her [[LadyOfWar fighting skill]] and [[TheMedic miraculous healing abilities]]. Tsunade, whose grandfather was the First Hokage (therefore, the elders refer to her as "Tsunade-hime" aka "Princess Tsunade"), became jaded and disillusioned regarding the village when both her younger brother Nawaki and her fiancé Dan were killed during the wars which criss-crossed the ''Naruto'' world prior to the series. She turned her back on the village and sought her own amusements, with her fiancee's niece Shizune and her pet pig Tonton as her only companions.

She first appears in the Search for Tsunade arc, when Jiraiya and Naruto are seeking her to offer her the position of the Fifth Hokage. She initially refuses, and bets Naruto her treasured necklace that he won't be able to master the Rasengan in three days. Orochimaru also seeks her out during this time, wanting her to heal the crippling injuries he sustained during his fight with the Third Hokage, and offering to revive her brother and fiancee in exchange. After seeing Naruto successfully perform the Rasengan for the first time, a three-way battle ensues in which Jiraiya and Tsunade team up to defeat Orochimaru. Tsunade then returns to Konoha and accepts the position of the Fifth Hokage.

Tsunade has SuperStrength and the ability to concentrate chakra in her limbs, further increasing the power of her strikes. She is widely considered the greatest medical ninja in the world, and can [[CombatMedic hit vital points with precision or completely heal herself in midfight]]. She also uses a transformation jutsu to keep her appearance eternally young, although that's more for the sake of her vanity than any strategic purpose.

In ''Shippuden'', Tsunade mostly plays a support role, assigning missions and providing exposition. She's also come under attack from various militaristic factions in Konoha itself. She is confronted by Pain's Deva Path, but he decides to run away... but not before nuking Konoha. After the Shinra Tensei, she uses a great deal of chakra to save those that she can and heal people, but this has the side effect of wearing off her genjutsu and putting her into a coma, causing the position of Sixth Hokage to go to Danzo (pending approval by the village jonins), however she has since woken up from said coma and began complaining about the decision to send Naruto and Killer Bee into hiding instead of rushing recklessly into an attack on Madara without knowing anything about his true abilities.
->Her hobby is gambling.
->Favorite phrase: "One grab, a thousand gold" referring to getting rich without much effort.

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%% * AMotherToHerMen
%% * ActionGirl
* ACupAngst: During her teenage years.
* AffectionateNickname: Naruto calls her Grandma Tsunade. Doubles as HilariousInHindsight, as we now know [[spoiler:that they are both related through the Senju clan. She is Naruto's cousin of some variety.]]
* AfraidOfBlood: Initially. Naruto helps her get over it. It was because her boyfriend was killed, and she couldn't heal him.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: When they were young, she [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown caught Jiraiya peeping]]. She then proceeded to [[DisproportionateRetribution break six of his ribs, both of his arms, and puncture one of his lungs]].
* {{Badass}}: Most need powerful high level jutsu to do enough damage to invoke the ChunkySalsaRule, ''Tsunade just needs to punch''.
** BadassBookworm: She's the physically strongest of the Sannin and no slouch in the brains department either (though not as smart as Orochimaru).
** BadassPacifist: Tsunade definitely has the power and combat skills to be Hokage but it is in her philosophy as a [[TheMedic medical ninja]] that she not enter combat unless absolutely necessary lest someone tries to ShootTheMedic First. There's one exception to her rule: the medic can enter battle at will if she or he has mastered her HealingFactor technique (something only she and Sakura have succeeded at, so far).
* BareFistedMonk: Her punches are enough to [[OneHitKill kill anything.]] [[spoiler: That isn't an Edo Tensei, but even '''Madara''' was worried about being hit by that.]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted, as she takes a good amount of damage during her fights and has the battle damage to show it.
* BerserkButton: She does not appreciate being called old.
* BigDamnHeroes: Arrives with the other kages and proceeds to kick [[spoiler: 'Madara''.]]
* TheBigGal: ...Kind of. She's a mixture of the third and the fifth, but she fits this role effectively well with her fighting style. She only has to [[OneHitKill hit you once to kill]] and she's nearly immortal.
* BoobsOfSteel: By far the bustiest woman in series (106 cm!), she's one of the strongest characters when it comes to fighting (she basically can one-hit-kill most of the fighters, provided she comes [[CloseRangeCombatant close enough]]).
* BrilliantButLazy: She'd rather laze about, but is forced to take action to maintain the village's safety. Must be why she's perpetually angry all the time.
* BrokenBird: Lost the love of her life and her brother to battle.
* BuxomIsBetter: She's regarded as the most beautiful Kunoichi. [[SarcasmMode Who knows why?]]
** Subverted in some of the BonusMaterial when, after being asked how she remains so young and beautiful by Sakura, Naruto butts in and calls her breasts "ridiculous", says she's "too big" and that he doesn't find her as attractive as Sakura. However, this is mainly Naruto being his usual [[IdiotHero dumbass]] self (picking on Tsunade and hitting on Sakura, both of which he does regularly). Cue Naruto getting K.O.ed by both women.
* BoringButPractical: Tsunade's SuperStrength and medical ninjutsu give her the most raw physical power and regenerative ability in the series, but, conversely, significantly less flash than the techniques of other high-ranking ninja.
%% * CantHoldHerLiquor
* CartwrightCurse: She sure seems to have bad luck with the men she likes....
* CastFromLifespan: Her Mitotic Regeneration technique uses the chakra stored in her forehead to heal all her wounds, but it shortens her life.
* CombatMedic: Her specialty.
%% * CombatStilettos
* ConvenientComa: Goes into one after the Pain invasion arc and is out of it within weeks.
* CurbStompBattle: She literally defeats Naruto using only one finger.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Fiery blonde.
* CynicismCatalyst: Not her little brother, but her fiancée. Dan's death makes into a cynic for whom "''Only fools want to be Hokages''".
* DeadlyDoctor: Uses less combative medical techniques than Kabuto but is fully capable of causing harm with her medical abilites.
%% * DeadpanSnarker
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Jiraiya for Tsunade.
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Tsunade has SuperStrength, even by the standards of the already inhumanly strong ninja of the series. She's also a DeadlyDoctor and [[HealingFactor nearly unkillable]] in combat.
* FailureKnight: Couldn't save Dan, despite her skills and best efforts.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Bets she can beat Naruto with one finger [[SuperStrength and she does.]]
* GagBoobs: They're huge. Kabuto has a brief moment of wondering if an attack to her chest didn't connect properly because her boobs got in the way.
* TheGamblingAddict: Her quirk. It's apparently her grandfather Hashirama's fault.
* GenerationXerox: She did train Sakura to become a HotBlooded CombatMedic after all.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Tsunade is able to regenerate any wound she receives after releasing her [[CastFromLifespan Yin Seal]] causing her reputation as ageless and immortal in battle.
* [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe Half The Woman She Used To Be]]: Courtesy of Madara. She's gotten better with a bit of help from Orochimaru and Katsuyu.
* HealingFactor: When the seal on her forehead is released.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler:Even after Jiraiya was unable to win her affections before his death.]]
* TheHeroine: [[spoiler:Seems to be all but stated with the five Kages' battle with Madara. She shares this role with Onoki.]]
* HeroicFatigue: So much that she works herself into a comatose state.
* HeroicResolve: She so desperately wants to save the people of the Leaf Village after the attack that she ends up overexerting herself into a coma.
* HeroicSecondWind: Tsunade's Yin Seal on her forehead functions as one of these, it has a constant storage of chakra built up in it which she can release to fuel her HealingFactor. This earned her reputation as immortal in battle.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: She was delivering a ShutUpHannibal and tons of asskicking to the revived Madara Uchiha, (who was continuously berating her for [[NeverASelfMadeWoman never getting near the level of her grandfather Hashirama]]) until he got annoyed enough to drive a [[HardLight Susanoo Blade]] through her. And [[GoodThingYouCanHeal she still survived it]], snapped the blade in half and [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks threw it at him]].
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Woman]]: Thanks to her seal, she will always get back up.
* InterfaceScrew: Her Important Body Points Disturbance inflicts this on opponents, using chakra to scramble the electrical signals the brain uses to control the limbs.
* IronicEcho: When Jiraiya seeks her out and tries to get her to take the Hokage position, she badmouths it, calling it a "fool's goal". Later in her fight against Orochimaru, he says the same thing much to Tsunade's horror. This is one of the main factors that gets her to take the position.
* {{Irony}}: She has a massive losing streak when she gambles, but when she does win, it means something bad is about to happen.
%% * TheKirk
* LadyDrunk: Previous to accepting the position of Hokage.
* LustObject: For Jiraiya.
* MamaBear: She becomes this for the village after she becomes the Fifth Hokage.
* MasterPoisoner: Jiraiya touts her as the only person in the world who can spike a ninja's drink without their knowledge.
* MsFanservice: Serves this for this series.
* NeverMessWithGranny: She may be over fifty years old, but don't underestimate her. Orochimaru learned this the hard way.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: In Chapter 601 after [[spoiler: Madara gets bored fighting the Kages and buggers off, it's revealed that Tsunade has been bisected by a giant ass tree branch.]]
* ObaSan: Naruto calls her Granny.
* TheObiWan: To Sakura, and to a degree Shizune.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Both played straight and [[InvertedTrope inverted]]. She uses a spell to create the illusion of looking like she's in her 20's or 30's. It falls apart when she runs low on chakra, which reveals that she actually looks much ''older'' than she is (like she was in her 70's or 80's--probably because of her use of Creation Rebirth which shortens her lifespan whenever she uses it). She is actually in her 50s.
* PenPushingPresident: One of the least pleasant aspects of her job as Hokage. The morning Sasuke disappears, she is actually caught sleeping on her parchments.
* ProfessionalGambler: She actually has very bad luck.
* PromotionToParent: Took care (if one can really say that) of Shizune, her fiance's orphaned niece, after his death. Although it would be more accurate to say it's ''Shizune'' who tried her best to take care of the broken, alcoholic and compulsively gambling Tsunade...
* PowerTattoo: The Yin Seal on her forehead which gives a large boost of chakra when released.
** MarkedChange: When released.
* PyrrhicVictory: The only times she ever wins at gambling is before something terrible happens. Therefore, whenever she actually wins she's too busy waiting for the other shoe to drop to enjoy the victory.
* RunningGag: Destroying her desk in a fit of rage.
* SexyMentor: To Shizune and Sakura.
* TheSmartGuy: Though it's not commonly exploited like Shikamaru or his father, she does have a great deal of intelligence, as might be expected from the world's foremost medical expert.
* SuperStrength: In addition to possessing generic SuperStrength, she can further increase the power of her punches thanks to impossibly precise chakra control. She's even stronger than [[BadAss A the Raikage]] and can shatter ''[[spoiler: Madara's]]'' [[InstantArmor Susano'o]] with a single punch (if after activating her SuperMode).
* TeamMom: To Konoha after she becomes the Fifth Hokage.
* TragicKeepsake: Her pendant.
* {{Tsundere}}: A grown up version.
* VainSorceress: Subverted. She's very vain, but is also benevolent.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Tsunade's schtick in combat is to hit things. '''Hard'''. [[SuperStrength It works]].
* WorfEffect: The vast majority of her existence. When she gets into a physical confrontation, she proves that while [[ActionGirl she is quite powerful]], her opponents (Most notably Orochimaru and [[spoiler: Madara]]) are invariably superior to her in nearly every way, so any contribution she makes in this area is actually totally superfluous.
* WorldOfCardBoardSpeech: Delivered one to Orochimaru before kicking his ass.
* [[WorldsStrongestMan World's Strongest]], [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Most Beautiful Woman]]: Shikamaru's father refers to her as "the strongest and most beautiful of all kunoichi."
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[[folder:Orochimaru]]
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->''"When there is a true desire in the heart and that desire is strong… That is when he finds real strength that even he did not know he had!"''

->Voiced by: {{Kujira}} (JP), Creator/SteveBlum (EN), David Robles (Spain), José Luis Reza (Latin America)

The series' first BigBad, Orochimaru wants to be the most powerful shinobi who ever lived, and figures he can accomplish this by mastering every jutsu ever devised. However, a single human lifespan is far too short to learn every jutsu, so he also needs immortality as part of the bargain. To that end, Orochimaru has experimented with various scientific and magical methods of extending his own lifespan, but until he finds a perfect method, he opts to go with the riskier and less reliable GrandTheftMe method of immortality, switching his body for a younger one every few years. His desire to gain the body of an Uchiha (whose unique Sharingan would allow him to master jutsu much more quickly) is the driving force behind most of the events of the first series.

Orochimaru was initially trained by the Third Hokage along with Jiraiya and Tsunade, and was the most naturally talented of the three. The Third initially hoped that Orochimaru would become his successor, but as Orochimaru's selfishness and lust for power grew and made him go off the deep end, that forced him to select one of Jiraiya's students instead. While in the village, Orochimaru experimented extensively on its inhabitants, including his own students, hoping to develop new routes to power. He applied for the position of Fourth Hokage, hoping it would give him more leeway in this department, and when he was turned down, decided the village had offered him all it could and defected.....shortly after being exposed as a SerialKiller who had been abducting innocents, and pro ninja, for lethal experiments. His closest friend Jiraiya chased him down and tried to reason with him, but Orochimaru laughed in his face.

From there, Orochimaru joined the criminal organization Akatsuki and tried to steal the body of Itachi Uchiha, and when that failed, conquered the Land of Rice Fields to give him a base of operations for his activities and a ready supply of test subjects, changing its name to the Land of Sound in the process. Then, during the actual series, Orochimaru destroyed Sasuke's confidence during the Chuunin exams and tried to bait him into betraying the village with promises of new and unlimited power, tricked the Sand Village into attacking Konaha, and killed his old mentor the Third Hokage, desecrating the graves of the First and Second and sacrificing his own proteges to do so. He treats his followers like pawns and is unconcerned when they die.

Orochimaru's original intention was to take Sasuke's body by the end of the first series, but Konoha's interference during the Sasuke Retrieval arc forced him to switch with some random prisoner instead. Since he has to wait three years before he can switch again, he decides to train Sasuke during the TimeSkip instead.

In ''Shippuden'', Orochimaru's most recent body has all but given out on him, but he's still tough enough to tangle with Naruto's [[FourIsDeath Four-tailed]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Fox form]] during the second arc. Later, Sasuke attacks him while he's bedridden. Orochimaru reveals his true form (a snake made out of a bunch of smaller snakes) and tries to take Sasuke's body by force, but is defeated offscreen. The fact that fragments of his body have been integrated into the bodies of both his right-hand man Kabuto as well as Sasuke himself means we probably haven't seen the last of him, however. The portion of his body absorbed by Sasuke shows up in the fight with Itachi, where Sasuke, exhausted, lacks the chakra needed to suppress him. Orochimaru doesn't contribute much to the fight and is promptly flattened by Susanoo, the third technique of the Mangekyo Sharingan, trapping him in an endless dream state that cannot be undone or escaped from while also absorbing in his body, effectively killing him. Or at least killing the portion of him that leaped out of Sasuke and tried to attack Itachi. Using Anko's Cursed Seal of Heaven and a chunk of Sage Mode Kabuto's flesh, Sasuke resurrects Orochimaru, who strips Kabuto of his OneWingedAngel and agrees to help Sasuke despite openly admitting he still intends to take over his body.
->His hobby is creating techniques.
->Favorite words: "destroy" and "chaos"

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* AGodIAm: Kabuto strongly implies the reason Orochimaru wanted an Uchiha body was to succeed the [[PhysicalGod Sage of the Six Paths]] by attaining the Rinnegan, further supported by his experimentation with Senju cells and attempting to attain Sage Mode... [[spoiler: which according to the Sage of Six Paths himself [[ShootTheShaggyDog wouldn't have worked anyways]].]] In ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStormRevolution'', which explains how he [[spoiler:joined the Akatsuki, he tried to steal Pain's Rinnegan on sight, gleefully exclaiming "Rinnegan! You're mine!"]]
* AnimalisticAbomination: His true form is a bizarre snake-demon after decades' worth of experimenting on himself.
* AnimalEyes: Just one of his snake features.
* AnimalMotifs: Snakes. [[BodyOfBodies Lots and lots of snakes]].
* ArchEnemy: Orochimaru seems to make it his ''life's work'' to earn the hatred of a significant portion of the cast, from Anko Mitarashi and Hiruzen Sarutobi, to Jiraiya and Tsunade, and is probably this to the Leaf as a whole given his goal is to wipe it from the face of the Earth and that he topped its Most Wanted List. Naruto probably feels this way about him too, since even though Oro hasn't done that much to him ''personally'', he doesn't forgive him for murdering the 3rd or corrupting Sasuke.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: Even before he went all crazy, he was apparently very snake-like.
* AxCrazy: Not as blatant as Hidan or Deidara, but he definitely is abnormal.
* BackFromTheDead: With a little help from Sasuke and Juugo. Was anyone surprised?
* {{Badass}}: Orochimaru is many things: creepy, twisted, and with serious pedophiliac undertones, but there is no denying that he is a {{Badass}}. The man fought (a drugged) Jiraiya and (a freaked out) Tsunade ''without his arms'', and it ended in a ''stalemate''. Later, he '''went mano-a-mano with a Four-Tailed Naruto''' while maintaining his ForTheLulz attitude throughout the whole fight. The man gets mad props for that.
** BadassBookworm: He is a [[MadScientist mad]] [[ForScience scientist]], after all, as well as a legendary soldier, assassin and spy and war hero.
** HandicappedBadass: At one point he lost both his arms to the Reaper Death Seal and still managed to put up a fight against Jiraiya and Tsunade.
* BadBoss: Pitted the Sound Trio against Sasuke so he could test the latter's power and potential, knowing that Sasuke might cripple or even kill them; sacrificed two of them (and an unknown third) to summon the former Hokages as his enslaved zombie warriors; shrugs off the death of his most fanatical, devoted and powerful follower; teaches his underlings to not give a shit about each other (to the point of potentially killing each other for tactical advantages) gave the Curse Seal to Anko when she was his student, which very nearly killed her; implied to perform all kinds of horrid experiments on his own men, though most of his victims seem to be prisoners.
* BigBad: Of Part 1.
* BigBadEnsemble: He's one of the main villains in the series, especially the main villain in Part 1, [[BigBadWannabe though he's lost ground to Akatsuki in Part 2]]. [[spoiler: Now that he's joined Sasuke's side and Sasuke has temporarily rejoined Konoha's side, he's technically undergone a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* BlowYouAway: One of the two elemental ninjutsu he's used in the series was wind style.
* BodySurf: [[spoiler: He has this turned against him by Sasuke in Part 2.]]
* BreathWeapon: Notably unique use of this trope involving launching snakes, swords and even himself from his throat.
* BrokenAce: To the Leaf, once a respected member of the Sannin, now a world class criminal who runs everyone's lives for his experiments. [[spoiler: He has been redeeming himself as of late.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: The 3rd did this, which remained for the majority of Part 1. He got his powers back [[spoiler: only to be sealed away twice. He later fixed this by cutting open the death god's stomach, which restored his arms.]]
* CameBackStrong: His new body [[spoiler:after being revived yet again is mostly composed of Hashirama's cells, being a Zetsu clone. One benefit is that his Edo Tensei is powerful enough to restrain even the Second Hokage at full strength.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: His new watchword. [[spoiler: After some humbling losses at the hands of Itachi and Sasuke, he admits that while in the past he wanted to "be the wind that made the windmill move", he finds it more interesting to see where Sasuke's path takes him. When Tsunade observes a change in his attitude, he reasons that everyone changes, and that if they don't they die, presenting Jiraiya as an example of this.]]
* TheChessmaster: In comparison to Tobi's GambitRoulette, he sets out long laid plans that involve using others to ultimately get what he wants. However, it often results in some huge hitches due to unexpected actions.
* ContemplateOurNavels: He sometimes slips into this when he describes why he's seeking immortality.
* CoolSword: The [[PublicDomainArtifact Kusanagi]] which is said to be able to [[AbsurdlySharpBlade pierce nearly anything]] as well as extend and float and attack independent of Orochimaru with a special jutsu. Interestingly it is a straight sword in the anime like it was supposed to be in the legend but is a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] in the manga because EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana.
* TheCorrupter: He excels at this, most of his pupils are [[AxCrazy insane and twisted]] due to his influence. He only partially succeeded with Sasuke (enough to make him leave the Leaf, but not sufficiently to make him his pawn).
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler: His Curse Seals turn out to be {{Soul Jar}}s, ''all'' of them. Not only can he use them to ressurect himself (though he needs outside help for this), they even double as SinisterSurveillance and he can see and hear everything all of the victims do all the time (presumably, only when he is OnlyMostlyDead and not, as now, when he is alive and kicking though) allowing him to remain up-to-date with the plot. On a broader sense, Tobi implies several times, to his chagrin, that Orochimaru knew more than he let on, and Kabuto confirms it. Sasuke even brought him BackFromTheDead explicitly to help him get to the heart of the KudzuPlot, albeit it seems he needs Orochimaru and one other person to do that.]]
* CreepyChild: Young Orochimaru [[UsedToBeASweetKid wasn't evil yet]], but he was rather [[UncannyValley disturbing]] to look at.
* DealWithTheDevil: Offers one to Tsunade and Sasuke; Tsunade turns him down, while Sasuke managed to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu scam him]], albeit with some difficulty. Other deals probably didn't turn out so well for anyone but him.
* DemotedToExtra: Was once the main villain of the entire series, then the time skip happened and suddenly Akatsuki took over everything. Post time skip, he was prominent for one relatively short arc (and one filler arc in the anime) and then gets defeated by Sasuke and doesn't appear again for ages. Worse is the fact that in the grand scheme of things his biggest contribution to the plot was just getting Sasuke to defect from Konoha. His actions have almost no role in the overarching myth arc of the series.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: Not even getting his arms sealed, BodySurf jutsu reversed on him or being sealed for all eternity can keep him down.]]
* DevourTheDragon: He was planning on doing this to Sasuke, but it got turned around on him.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Part 1 ended on a note that he would still be the BigBad of Part 2, or at least a villain driving much of the storyline. Nope; he gets dealt with pretty quickly, and while he does return, he's not nearly as big of a threat as he was in his prime.
* DishingOutDirt: Can disappear through walls and trees, an ability of earth users in ''Naruto''.
* TheDreaded: In Part 1, and still in Part 2 if to a lesser extent.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: ''Twice'', in an incredibly awkward manner both times. The first time, shortly into [[TimeSkip Shippuden]], Sasuke attacks him, deciding he's not useful anymore. Orochimaru tries to use his ''GrandTheftMe no Jutsu'' on Sasuke, only for Sasuke to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turn it back on him]]. [[spoiler:Much later, during Sasuke's fight with Itachi, Sasuke runs out of chakra, which frees Orochimaru... only for Itachi to seal him in a permanent, inescapable genjutsu before he can do anything.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Ever since he was a child.
* EnemyMine: He agrees to help [[spoiler:Sasuke Uchiha find the answers he is looking for only because he is too weak to attempt his GrandTheftMe Jutsu.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: To Jiraiya. This is also probably the reason why he didn't kill Jiraiya when the latter tried to prevent him leaving the Leaf.
* EvilGenius: To Akatsuki alongside Sasori and Tobi and to the Sound Village.
* EvilMentor: To Sasuke, and implicitly to nearly all of his named underlings. But mostly to Kabuto.
* EvilOverlord: Ruled the Land of Sound with an iron fist, [[spoiler:until Sasuke kills him.]]
* EvilSoundsRaspy: His Japanese voice is rather hoarse.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Tries to find the meaning of existence by constantly experimenting on himself and his subjects so he can discover even more jutsu techniques.
* {{Expy}}: Bears more than a few similarities to [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]].
* FaceStealer: Stole the face of a Grass genin before the second task of the chunin exam.
* FacialMarkings: Born with unnaturally pale skin and purple marks around his eyes.
* FallenHero: Despite his claims to the contrary, his flashbacks establish that while he was always creepy, Orochimaru was, once upon a time, a genuine hero, or at least an {{Antihero}}. Watching everyone around him die caused him to become obsessed with obtaining immortality, first for the entire village, and [[MotiveDecay eventually just for himself]]. Orochimaru would rather bite out his own tongue than admit this of course.
* ForScience: His primary motivation was to create completely new jutsus. Too bad he thought that in order to achieve it, he needed to experiment on human beings and to live forever.
* ForTheEvulz: So, why did he kill the Third Hokage and try to wipe Konoha off the map? Basically because he was butthurt that he didn't get picked for Fourth Hokage fifteen years previous.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Orochimaru reveals to his former sensei, the Third Hokage, that he has been using a technique called ''Living Corpse Reincarnation'' to transfer his soul into a different body once every three years. As expected, the Third Hokage is horrified by this revelation when Orochimaru shows him the true face of his host's body which comes off as completely unfamiliar to him.
* FourIsDeath: Sasuke was going to be the fourth body Orochimaru claimed before Sasuke thwarted Orochimaru and killed him, and before that, was going to be the fourth body Orochimaru had, including his original, before the Sound Four took too long and Orochimaru had to transfer prematurely.
* FromASingleCell: Orochimaru came back at least twice from [[spoiler:his curse mark]] thanks to his chakra stocked there. It's also heavily implied that the snakes that make his true form can also have this use.
* GenerationXerox: He has passed on his villainy and high amounts of creepy very well, if his proteges [[SmugSnake Kabuto]], [[AxCrazy Sasuke]] and any self-respecting Sound shinobi are any indication.
* GrandTheftMe: When his current body begins to rot, he does this to an unwitting victim, it gets used against him by Sasuke, who used his powers until he was removed by Itachi. [[spoiler:After he's revived, and releases the Hokages from the Death God's belly, he takes the body of a Zetsu.]]
* GreenThumb: After possessing [[spoiler: a White Zetsu clone.]]
* HazyFeelTurn: He has aligned himself with [[spoiler:Sasuke during the Fourth Shinobi World War. Sasuke has decided to aid the United Shinobi front, and Orochimaru has thus far gone along with him. How long this will actually last is unknown.]]
* HealingFactor: Can regenerate most damage by ''[[{{Squick}} vomiting a new body out of his mouth.]]'' Sasuke was able to do this as well after absorbing him, but lost the ability after Itachi extracted Orochimaru from him.
* HellishPupils: Golden eyes with slitted snake-like pupils to be exact.
* HeroKiller: Peaked with his assassination of the Third Hokage.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: A flashback of a conversation he had with Sasuke implies that he is this; Sasuke tells Orochimaru that he knows [[ForTheEvulz the reason he gave]] for trying to destroy the Leaf Village was a lie, and asks why he ''really'' did it. The story cuts back to the present before we see Orochimaru's answer, so his true agenda is still unknown.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Frequently. He betrayed Akatsuki by trying to take Itachi's body, only for the latter to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp him]] and Akatsuki to put him on their death list. He drew out his fight with Sarutobi to torment him, which gave Sarutobi time to fall back on his suicide justu and cost Oro his arms. And he corrupted Sasuke only to be betrayed and [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]] by ''him'' when the time came to steal ''his'' body. He tried to get Sasuke's body years earlier too and if Kabuto hadn't convinced him to choose someone else (as Sasuke was taking too much time to arrive), he may have even died.
* HumanoidAbomination: The sheer amount of shit he did to himself eventually made him into one of these, able to turn his legs into a snake tail, shed his body to grow a new one, stretch his limbs and tongue, and throw up snakes. His [[ScaledUp real appearance]] is something to be seen.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Sasuke was [[spoiler: dying]], and Karin said a chakra she didn't recognize was next to him, Orochimaru said they better hurry because "some creep who slithered out from under some rock somewhere is doing who knows what to Sasuke-kun"...perfectly describing himself, and his weird fixation on Sasuke throughout the entirety of the series.
* ImmortalitySeeker: It initially was to wait till his parents reincarnated, but eventually it devolved into becoming the perfect being.
* ImplacableMan: It takes a legendary technique to finally seal him away.
** [[spoiler: And it is revealed that even THAT didn't kill him. He will not die!]]
* IronicHell[=/=]LaserGuidedKarma: He wanted to live forever and now he will, it's just that [[LotusEaterMachine he's also stuck in an eternal illusion]]. [[spoiler:Now free, though.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Orochimaru may well be the most selfish character of the whole story. Outside of the Uchiha clan.
* ItAmusedMe: Gives a quote for this to the Third Hokage before they begin to fight.
* JokerImmunity: The guy just won't stay dead or sealed, even if he can be PutOnABus for quite long periods.
* KillingIntent: His is so strong that it can induce visions of their gruesome death into weaker opponents (Sakura and Sasuke in part 1), or paralyse even experienced one (Kakashi).
* KnightOfCerebus: While Zabuza was intimidating, Orochimaru brings the first present [[KilledOffForReal death]] of a main protagonist, helps send TheLancer into serious SanitySlippage and was playing for keeps.
* LeanAndMean: Not as buff as the rest of the Akatsuki.
* LooksLikeCesare: A reason why people were wary of him before his FaceHeelTurn.
* MadScientist: Tries to discover ninjustu and immortality through experimentation on his subjects and victims.
* ManipulativeBastard: He plays on literally everyone's emotions. Tricked the entire Sand village into a war with Konoha by murdering and impersonating their leader.
** MoreThanMindControl: How he gets most of his followers.
* MasterOfDisguise: A very gruesome example, since he tears off the faces of his victims to wear over his body. In fact, his usual face '''is actually a mask worn over his host''', only worn out of ShapeShifterGuiltTrip as well as maintaining his identity.
* MegaManning: He wants to get this ability and this is why he wants so badly the sharingan.
* {{Necromancer}}: One of three, the other two being [[spoiler: Kabuto and the Second Hokage.]] They all used the same technique too: Impure World Resurrection.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: In regards to ''anyone''.
* {{Orochi}}: Turns into one when Sasuke is weakened enough to unseal him, only to be sealed again by Itachi. Currently provides the page picture.
* OverlyLongTongue: Weaponized of course.
* PoisonousPerson: [[spoiler: His true form has poisonous blood which will vaporize and become airborn.]]
* PostMortemComeback: A particularly bad execution, since he just randomly rematarialized during the fight between the Uchiha brothers, after getting sealed within Sasuke. Itachi finsihed the job by sealing him a second time. This comeback also sets up his eventual resurrection by Sasuke using Anko's Cursed Seal.
* PragmaticVillainy: If a more selfish version. Clearly recognizes certain potential, and won't kill those who are outright useful to him or his goals, even if frustrated and in a YouHaveFailedMe mood.
* {{Retcon}}: Orochimaru was presumably the one in charge when Tsunade's brother Nawaki died. He was there to meet her when she arrived. In the first part of Naruto, he's shown giving a callous response that Tsunade throws back at him later: All living things that have form must perish eventually. Later, [[spoiler:during his death scene]], it is one of several events shown in a montage and instead he's obviously clearly upset as he hands Tsunade the pendant. Obviously, the latter is more sympathetic as it's part of a sequence showing how twisted he became over time instead of the original portrayal of always being a twisted monster.
** Which actually [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense in series]] as well: having become a monster, it's likely that both he and Tsunade have gone out the way to forget that he ever did her any favours.
* ScaledUp: His true form.
* SealedEvilInACan: His final fate. Note that the can is not even ''material''. [[spoiler:[[HesBack Then Sasuke opens the can...]]]]
* SerialKiller: Before his formal defection, he had been abducting an unknown number of victims and performing gruesome, typically fatal experiments on them- this included [=ANBU=], Jounin, Chuunin, innocent civilians, ''teenage children'' (including ''his own pupil''), and ''sixty newborn babies'' of whom only one- Yamato- ultimately survived.
* ShoutOut: [[SoulEater Medusa]] is based on him.
* SinisterSurveillance: [[spoiler: His Curse Seals let him spy on everyone who has one, letting his see and hear whatever they do. Seems to only serve this function when he is "dead", though.]]
* SixthRangerTraitor: ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateninjaStormRevolution'' reveals he joined the Akatsuki [[spoiler:to steal Pain's Rinnegan]], and left it after failing to body-snatch Itachi to acquire his Sharingan.
* SmugSnake: [[{{Pun}} Naturally]]. Though, he remains a high-functioning type, straddling the line between this and MagnificentBastard. Its arguably the smugness itself that is what gets in his way.
** Though, that said, [[spoiler: Tobi]] is seriously worried that he knew more than he let on. [[spoiler: The fact he actually used Sasuke in the first place also shows he's far more cunning than he appears, as subsequent revelations suggest he knew his actual worth in terms of Oro using him to become a new Rikudou Sennin, and not just for his Sharingan eyes as he claimed. And now he is ''back''.]]
* SnakePerson: Can take this shape giving himself tremendous speed.
* TheSociopath: Should be pretty obvious by this point of the page.
* SoulJar: Orochimaru set up [[spoiler:the Cursed Seals to function as these in case anything happened to him.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: He was this to the Akatsuki which is why he was marked for death by them.
* TakeAThirdOption: In a cutscene from ''Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution'' that shows how he joined the Akatsuki, [[spoiler:Orochimaru is confronted by Pain's Deva Path and attempts to steal its Rinnegan, bypassing having to steal an Uchiha body, mature its Sharingan, and implant Hashirama's cells. It doesn't work.]]
* TheSpock: Originally in the Sannin, before becoming TheSociopath.
* TheSpymaster: He has a huge intel network that allows him to maintain control of less powerful villages or nations
* TookALevelInJerkass: in his BackStory
* TooPowerfulToLive: The only way to get rid of him was to [[SealedEvilInACan seal]] [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan him]]. And it had to be done ''twice'' to actually work. He's technically still alive. [[spoiler:And now he's at large ''again.'']]
* {{Ubermensch}}: Tries to change the world through war. [[spoiler: Tobi beat him to it.]] Abandoned the village largely because he rejected its ideals and values.
* TheUnfettered: Orochimaru is willing to do anything to attain immortality and discover the truth behind ninjutsu.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Downplayed. He was certainly nowhere near as evil as a child, and had a couple of sweet moments, but even Sarutobi admitted that even back then Oro had "eyes full of malice and ambition". He ignored this because it was a time of war and someone like that might be needed; that, and he was too proud of him to admit it.
* VillainBall: He is far too arrogant and sadistic for his own good and he has been guilty of WhyDontYouJustShootHim since as far back as the Chuunin Exam arc, which ultimately cost him his arms.
* VillainDecay: He's impressive in Part 1, but much less so in Part 2, essentially because his host body is too weak and has started to reject him.
* VillainousFriendship: With Kabuto. The two had a very twisted bond, but a bond nonetheless. [[spoiler:And when revived, while he doesn't break the genjutsu on Kabuto, probably didn't know how, all he did was to reclaim his chakra and release Sage Mode on Kabuto, while leaving the rest of him perfectly safe.]]
* WarIsGlorious: Expresses this belief in the Chuunin Exam / Konoha Invasion arcs (or rather, he expresses the belief that "peace is boring").
* WhatTheHellHero: He called out the Second Hokage for creating Edo Tensei, as well as for revealing it to the world.
* WildCard: Following his second resurrection, [[spoiler:Orochimaru pledges to support Sasuke regardless of whether he chooses to destroy or protect Konoha. Sasuke ultimately chooses the latter option, but whether Orochimaru will ''keep'' his word remains to be seen.]]
* TheWorfEffect: At the start of Part II he was quickly [[NotQuiteDead killed off]] by Sasuke to show off how strong Sasuke had gotten.
* WorfHadTheFlu: When he loses, this is usually because of this. Save for when the 3rd Hokage sealed his arms and later when Itachi sealed him entirely.
** [[spoiler: And he's still around, EVEN after all that]].
* WouldHurtAChild: Once proposed to kill three war orphans, although he viewed it as a MercyKill, since "a miserable life is all that awaits them". He has actually murdered many, many children though (ForScience), including infants and his own pupils / minions, and has made several attempts to kill others.
** He also attempts to kill an unconscious Naruto during his battle with his former teammates.
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10th Jul '14 1:00:29 AM Eagal
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* WorfEffect: The vast majority of her existence. When she gets into a physical confrontation, she proves that while [[ActionGirl she is quite powerful]], one of her opponents ([[spoiler: Madara]]) are invariably superior to her in nearly every way, so any contribution she makes in this area is actually totally superfluous.

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* WorfEffect: The vast majority of her existence. When she gets into a physical confrontation, she proves that while [[ActionGirl she is quite powerful]], one of her opponents ([[spoiler: (Most notably Orochimaru and [[spoiler: Madara]]) are invariably superior to her in nearly every way, so any contribution she makes in this area is actually totally superfluous.
1st Jul '14 4:09:38 PM muffin_shota
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* TheSmartGuy: Though it's not commonly exploited like Shikamaru or his father, she does have a great deal of intelligence, as might be expected from the world's foremost medical expert. It's just her common sense that suffers.

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* TheSmartGuy: Though it's not commonly exploited like Shikamaru or his father, she does have a great deal of intelligence, as might be expected from the world's foremost medical expert. It's just her common sense that suffers.



* WorfEffect: The vast majority of her existence. When she gets into a physical confrontation, she proves that while [[ActionGirl she is quite powerful]], her opponents (Most notably Orochimaru and [[spoiler: Madara]]) are invariably superior to her in nearly every way, so any contribution she makes in this area is actually totally superfluous.

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* WorfEffect: The vast majority of her existence. When she gets into a physical confrontation, she proves that while [[ActionGirl she is quite powerful]], one of her opponents (Most notably Orochimaru and [[spoiler: ([[spoiler: Madara]]) are invariably superior to her in nearly every way, so any contribution she makes in this area is actually totally superfluous.
29th Jun '14 9:34:20 PM KantonKage
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* EvilSoundsRaspy: His Japanese voice is rather hoarse.
28th Jun '14 10:56:52 PM Eagal
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* FourIsDeath: Guess what number Sasuke was?

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* FourIsDeath: Guess what number Sasuke was?was going to be the fourth body Orochimaru claimed before Sasuke thwarted Orochimaru and killed him, and before that, was going to be the fourth body Orochimaru had, including his original, before the Sound Four took too long and Orochimaru had to transfer prematurely.
9th Jun '14 1:12:36 PM Eagal
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* TheChessmaster: In comparison to Tobi's - or rather Obito's - XanatosSpeedChess, he sets out long laid plans that involve using others to ultimately get what he wants. However, it often results in some huge hitches due to unexpected actions.

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* TheChessmaster: In comparison to Tobi's - or rather Obito's - XanatosSpeedChess, GambitRoulette, he sets out long laid plans that involve using others to ultimately get what he wants. However, it often results in some huge hitches due to unexpected actions.
6th Jun '14 11:28:39 AM Arawn999
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* AllYourPowersCombined: Kabuto strongly implies the reason Orochimaru wanted an Uchiha body was to succeed the [[PhysicalGod Sage of the Six Paths]] by attaining the Rinnegan, further supported by his experimentation with Senju cells and attempting to attain Sage Mode... [[spoiler: which according to the Sage of Six Paths himself [[ShootTheShaggyDog wouldn't have worked anyways]].]]
* AnimalisticAbomination: His true form, a bizarre snake-demon. Seems to be the result of decades' worth of experimenting on himself.
* AnimalEyes: Just one of his snake features. Actually more like olive than gold.

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* AllYourPowersCombined: AGodIAm: Kabuto strongly implies the reason Orochimaru wanted an Uchiha body was to succeed the [[PhysicalGod Sage of the Six Paths]] by attaining the Rinnegan, further supported by his experimentation with Senju cells and attempting to attain Sage Mode... [[spoiler: which according to the Sage of Six Paths himself [[ShootTheShaggyDog wouldn't have worked anyways]].]]
]] In ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStormRevolution'', which explains how he [[spoiler:joined the Akatsuki, he tried to steal Pain's Rinnegan on sight, gleefully exclaiming "Rinnegan! You're mine!"]]
* AnimalisticAbomination: His true form, form is a bizarre snake-demon. Seems to be the result of snake-demon after decades' worth of experimenting on himself.
* AnimalEyes: Just one of his snake features. Actually more like olive than gold.



* TheChessmaster: In comparison to Tobi[[spoiler: or rather Obito]]'s XanatosSpeedChess, he sets out long laid plans that involve using others to ultimately get what he wants. However, it often results in some huge hitches due to unexpected actions.

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* TheChessmaster: In comparison to Tobi[[spoiler: Tobi's - or rather Obito]]'s Obito's - XanatosSpeedChess, he sets out long laid plans that involve using others to ultimately get what he wants. However, it often results in some huge hitches due to unexpected actions.



* HumanoidAbomination: The sheer amount of shit he did to himself eventually made him into one of these, able to turn his legs into a snake tail, shed his body to grow a new one, stretch his limbs and tongue, and throw up snakes. His[[ScaledUp real appearance]] is something to be seen.

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* HumanoidAbomination: The sheer amount of shit he did to himself eventually made him into one of these, able to turn his legs into a snake tail, shed his body to grow a new one, stretch his limbs and tongue, and throw up snakes. His[[ScaledUp His [[ScaledUp real appearance]] is something to be seen.



* ImmortalitySeeker: [[spoiler: It initially was to wait till his parents reincarnated, but eventually it devolved into becoming the perfect being.]]

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* ImmortalitySeeker: [[spoiler: ImmortalitySeeker: It initially was to wait till his parents reincarnated, but eventually it devolved into becoming the perfect being.]]



* {{Orochi}}: [[spoiler: Turns into one when Sasuke is weakened enough to unseal him, only to be sealed again by Itachi.]] Currently provides the page picture.

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* {{Orochi}}: [[spoiler: Turns into one when Sasuke is weakened enough to unseal him, only to be sealed again by Itachi.]] Itachi. Currently provides the page picture.



* SixthRangerTraitor: To Akatsuki.

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* SixthRangerTraitor: To Akatsuki.''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateninjaStormRevolution'' reveals he joined the Akatsuki [[spoiler:to steal Pain's Rinnegan]], and left it after failing to body-snatch Itachi to acquire his Sharingan.
30th May '14 3:50:28 PM Eagal
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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: While nowhere near as strong as Tsunade, he could still level buildings and slaughter dozens of Ninjas in Taijutsu alone. [[spoiler:By using Sage Mode he could throw huge summons through half a city with a punch]].

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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: While nowhere near as strong as Tsunade, he could still level buildings and slaughter dozens of Ninjas in Taijutsu alone. [[spoiler:By using Sage Mode he could throw huge summons through half a city with a punch]].
30th May '14 2:15:23 PM KingClark
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Lazy, perverted, self proclaimed voyeur and all around slacker... who is also one of the strongest Shinobi in the Elemental lands, to the point that [[spoiler: even Pain had to take him seriously]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: While nowhere near as strong as Tsunade, he could still level buildings and slaughter dozens of Ninjas in Taijutsu alone. [[spoiler: By using Sage Mode he could throw huge summons through half a city with a punch]].

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Lazy, perverted, self proclaimed voyeur and all around slacker... who is also one of the strongest Shinobi in the Elemental lands, to the point that [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even Pain had to take him seriously]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: While nowhere near as strong as Tsunade, he could still level buildings and slaughter dozens of Ninjas in Taijutsu alone. [[spoiler: By [[spoiler:By using Sage Mode he could throw huge summons through half a city with a punch]].



* EccentricMentor: To Naruto and [[spoiler: Nagato]]. [[spoiler: He forced the latter to wear frog suits.]]

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* EccentricMentor: To Naruto and [[spoiler: Nagato]]. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:Nagato]]. [[spoiler:He forced the latter to wear frog suits.]]
30th May '14 2:11:56 PM KingClark
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* DevourTheDragon: He was planning on doing this to Sasuke, but it got turned around on him.
* DiminishingVillainThreat: He's impressive in Part 1, but much less so in Part 2, essentially because his host body is too weak and has started to reject him.

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* DevourTheDragon: He was planning on doing this to Sasuke, but it got turned around on him.
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* DiminishingVillainThreat: He's impressive in DiscOneFinalBoss: Part 1, but much less so in 1 ended on a note that he would still be the BigBad of Part 2, essentially because or at least a villain driving much of the storyline. Nope; he gets dealt with pretty quickly, and while he does return, he's not nearly as big of a threat as he was in his host body is too weak and has started to reject him. prime.



* SixthRangerTraitor: To Akatsuki

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* SixthRangerTraitor: To AkatsukiAkatsuki.


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* VillainDecay: He's impressive in Part 1, but much less so in Part 2, essentially because his host body is too weak and has started to reject him.
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